US says airstrike in Somalia kills 3 Al-Shabab extremists

The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.” (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 22 February 2018
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US says airstrike in Somalia kills 3 Al-Shabab extremists

MOGADISHU: The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.”
The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. “We assess no civilians were killed in this strike.”
The US has carried out a growing number of drone strikes in the Horn of Africa nation in coordination with Somalia’s government. Most are against Al-Shabab but a small number have targeted Daesh-affiliated fighters in the Puntland region in the north.
The US carried out more than 30 drone strikes last year in Somalia after President Donald Trump approved expanded military efforts against Al-Shabab.
The extremist group is blamed for the October truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people.


UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

Updated 26 September 2018
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UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

  • The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces
  • 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN mission in Afghanistan says 21 civilians were killed in two separate airstrikes over the weekend.
It says in a statement Wednesday that nine civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a Saturday airstrike in the northeastern Kapisa province, in an area where Afghan forces were battling the Taliban.
Another statement cited “preliminary findings” that 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province, also during an Afghan military operation.
The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces. The Afghan government has not commented on the reports.