52 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia


A Saturday US airstrike in Somalia has left 52 Al Shabaab militants dead.

The airstrike comes less than a week after Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the terror attack at dusitD2 hotel at 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands, Nairobi, which saw 21 people including an American and a Briton lose their lives.

Al Shabaab claimed that the attack was revenge for US recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.

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A statement from the US Africa command said that the airstrike was conducted in response to an attack by a large group of Al-Shabaab militants against Somali National Army Forces.

“Alongside our Somali and international partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia,” the US-Africa command said in a statement.