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AMERICAN airstrike in Somalia, destroying a vehicle carrying explosives

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed two of al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carry explosives, “prevent it from being used against the people in Mogadishu.”

The U.S. Africa Command statement said the air raid took place early Tuesday, around 50 km (31 miles) west of the capital. It says that there are no civilians were killed.

Mogadishu has often been the target of al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab. The extremist group was blamed for the October truck bombing that killed 512 people in the capital.

The U.S. military carried out more than 30 drone strikes last year against al-Shabab and fighters linked to the Islamic State group after the Trumpet administration approved expanded operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

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