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United States airstrikes kill nine al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The United States military said Saturday it conducted an airstrikes in Somalia on Friday, killing nine al-Shabab terrorists.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the no civilian was killed in the latest drone strike which was carried out in coordination with Somali government near Lebede in the Horn of Africa nation.

It said the American forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect the Somali people, including partnered military counter-terror operations with Somali government, Africa Union Mission in Somalia and Somali National Army forces.

The al-Qaida allied terrorist group continues to hold parts of the country’s south and central regions after being chased out of Mogadishu several years ago.

Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, flushing them in their Lower and Middle Shabelle region bases as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.
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Somali security forces arrest suspect behind hotel bombing

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces on Thursday arrested al-Shabab militant, a key suspect behind the bombing of Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu on Nov. 9 that left at least 50 people dead, officials said.

The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) said that the militant will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.

"The security forces arrested one of the masterminds of the attack on Sahafi hotel on Nov.9, we will bring him to justice," NISA said, adding that its forces carried out a well coordinated security operation in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab militants did not comment on the arrest of one of its fighters but instead said forces killed at least six Somalia National Army (SNA) soldiers in landmine blast outside Mogadishu earlier on Thursday.
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SEE ALSO:

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Top Uganda General is visiting Somalia to shore up Transition plan

United States air strikes killing three al-Shabab militants in Somalia

             

 

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