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    US Airstrike Kills Around 30 al-Shabaab Militants in Somalia, Military Says

    US Airstrike Kills Around 30 al-Shabaab Militants in Somalia, Military Says

    An airstrike conducted by the U.S. killed dozens of al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia, U.S Command said in a press release Friday, as the Islamist insurgent group was waging a massive attack on Somalia's national .

    The Jan. 20 strike occurred approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu near Galcad, Somalia, as the Somali National Army was fighting against “a complex, extended, intense attack by more than 100 al-Shabaab fighters,” the command said.

    Approximately 30 al-Shabaab militants were killed and three vehicles were destroyed, according to the release. No civilians were injured or killed by the U.S. military's bombing operation.

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    Somalia's government tweeted Jan. 20 that forces with the Somali National Army were repelling an attack on a base in Galcad and killed “100 Alshabab terrorists” and destroyed five vehicles.

    The government also reported that seven of its soldiers were killed during fighting, according to the tweet.

    Military.com could not confirm either of the estimates of casualties, or the affiliation of the targets.

    “Somalia remains central to stability and security in all of East Africa,” the U.S. military said in Friday's press release. “U.S. Africa Command's forces will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to help give them the tools they need to defeat al-Shabaab, the…

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