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AMISOM: Airstrike Kills 50 al-Shabab in Somalia

Jilib, Somalia
Jilib, Somalia
VOA News
The African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, has launched new airstrikes aimed at militant group al-Shabab.

AMISOM says the attack near the southern town of Jilib on Tuesday killed more than 50 al-Shabab insurgents. There has been no independent confirmation of the claim.

AMISOM said on its Twitter feed that the airstrike targeted a hideout where senior leaders and foreign fighters of the al-Qaida-linked militant group had gathered.

This is the second airstrike by AU forces against al-Shabab this week. On Sunday, Kenyan fighter jets bombed an al-Shabab base north of Jilib.

AMISOM forces have ousted the Islamist militants from several towns in southern and central Somalia this year. The insurgents who once controlled much of Somalia, have responded with periodic suicide attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.  

On Monday, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an ambush in the northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera that killed up to 12 people.

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by: babe
June 06, 2014 4:26 PM
it is time to get this cowards down they are weak and like a bunch of wild animals. the time for al shabaab is over !!!


by: abel ogah from: nigeria
May 21, 2014 11:07 AM
these infidels must not escape judgement.


by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
May 20, 2014 4:25 PM
I'm very confident that Al Shabaab will be decimated soon. This is the beginning of the end of Al-Shabaab, thanks to AMISOM.

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