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US air strike targets Islamists in Somalia - state media

Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Wednesday August 10, 2022

State-owned media in Somalia says the US military has carried out an air strike against al-Shabab fighters in the central Hiran region.

It said this followed a request from the Somali government.

The US-Africa Command has not yet commented.

American officials said two airstrikes in June and July killed seven jihadist fighters.

Al-Shabab has increased its attacks on government targets in recent months and has carried out cross border raids into Ethiopia.

A former leader of the group, Mukhtar Robow, has just been made Somalia's minister of religious affairs.

His appointment is seen as an attempt to counter al-Shabab's extreme ideology.


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