U.S. announces deadliest airstrike against al-Shabab extremist fighters in one year. At least 60 dead Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021


The U.S. military announced on Tuesday that an airstrike against al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia killed at least 60 fighters on Friday, its deadliest since November 21, 2017, when more than 100 fighters were killed in another airstrike. 

The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike, which killed no civilian, occurred near the community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country. 

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The statement did not give details about what was targeted in the latest strike. 

According to Fox News, the U.S. military has carried out more than two dozen airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.

The newspaper said Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of al-Shabab’s deadliest attack, a truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.

It was one of the world’s deadliest attacks since 9/11 and the worst extremist attack ever in Africa.


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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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