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September 22, 2017

Six al Shabaab militants killed after US airstrikes in Somalia

A foreign security expert from Bancroft inspects the scene of a car explosion on Al Mukaram street in Mogadishu, Somalia, September 11, 2017. /REUTERS
A foreign security expert from Bancroft inspects the scene of a car explosion on Al Mukaram street in Mogadishu, Somalia, September 11, 2017. /REUTERS

The US has killed six al Shabaab militants after conducting three precision airstrikes in Somalia on Wednesday.

The operation occurred about 260 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu, the United States Department of State said.

In a statement, the US said they conducted the operation within the parameters of the authorities granted by the President in March 2017.

On Monday, Somali government forces regained control of a town on the border with Kenya after al Shabaab militants stormed an army base causing heavy clashes in which at least 17 people died.

Read: Somali army repels al Shabaab after attack, at least 17 killed

The militia attacked the base at Balad Hawo early in the morning with a car suicide bombing before entering the compound, both sides said.

Formed in 2006, al Shabaab wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam.

Al Shabaab carry out frequent attacks on security and government targets, but also on civilians. They also target African Union peacekeeping troops.

Somalia has been at war since 1991 when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

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