New US airstrike in Somalia kills 13 al-Shabab members

JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. army says the killing of 13 members of the al-Shabab extremist group, with a new airstrike in southern Somalia.

The declaration of the U.S. Africa Command says the strike was carried out on the Sunday morning. A spokeswoman says that it happened about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Kismayo, and that there are no civilians were killed.

The United States has carried out 34 drone strikes in Somalia this year, after the Trumpet administration expanded military efforts against Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group.

Al-Shabab was blamed for the October truck bombing in the somali capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people. Only a few attacks since 9/11 have a higher mortality rate.

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