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US Military Kills 4 Al-Shabaab Fighters In Somalia

The US military says it has killed four al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia in what it calls airstrikes in self-defence.

A US Africa Command statement on Tuesday says the extremists launched attacks on Somali troops and their US advisers on Monday in a village near the port city of Kismayo.

The statement says Somali forces returned fire, killing several extremists, but the attack continued. The US then conducted its strike, killing four fighters.

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US forces have carried out several airstrikes in Somalia in recent years, killing many al-Shabaab leaders.

The extremist group is now mostly active in rural regions but continues to launch lethal attacks in many parts of this Horn of Africa nation, including the capital.

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