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U.S. military denies conducting airstrikes on al-Shabab in Somalia

Wednesday July 25, 2018

MOGADISHU, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) on Wednesday denied conducting airstrikes against al-Shabab on Tuesday night, two days after local forces killed 87 militants in southern Somalia.

"U.S. Africa Command has not conducted a strike within the past 24 hours," Africom spokesman Karl J. Wiest told Xinhua hours after local reports said unidentified warplanes carried out strikes on a village about 60 km north of Mogadishu.

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Quoting local military sources, local media reported that the airstrikes targeted senior al-Shabab commanders in a remote area between Bal'ad and Jowhar towns.

No casualties were reported in the airstrikes.

Residents confirmed hearing sounds of fighter jets bombing Qalimow village.

The strikes came a few hours after the insurgents briefly took over the village before fleeing on Tuesday evening, local reports said.

On Monday, the Somali National Army said its soldiers killed 87 al-Shabab militants during heavy fighting at a military base in Bar-Sanguni, about 50 km north of Kismayo.

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