Three Al-Shabaab militants killed in U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia

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Three Al-Shabaab militants were killed in two airstrikes conducted by the U.S. military in Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said.

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A statement by AFRICOM said the strikes were conducted in the vicinities of Jamaame and Deb Scinnele.

Commander of the Joint Task Force – Quartz operations, Major General Dagvin Anderson, said the operations targeted known leaders of the jihadist group who are involved in IED facilitation, fighter training, and attack planning.

“Striking these leaders disrupts al-Shabaab’s ability to attack our partners and indiscriminately kill innocent civilians with improvised explosive devices. We are working closely with our Somali partners to support their operations against al-Shabaab, protect their people, and provide governance,” Anderson said.

No civilians were injured or killed in the two strikes, according to AFRICOM’s preliminary assessment.

Al-Shabaab has waged a war against the Somali central government for several years in an attempt to impose strict Islamic law in the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. military has conducted an aggressive campaign of airstrikes in the Horn of Africa nation helping Somali security forces battle the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.

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