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Two killed in Lamu Al-Shabaab attack

14 January 2018

Two militants were killed in Somalia as a result of a US airstrike targeting an al Qaeda-linked group and al-Shabab, according to the USA military's Africa Command.

The early morning strike occurred approximately 50 kilometers west of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital.

The strike killed two terrorists and destroyed "one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu", the statement said.

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On Sunday, KDF killed five suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists believed to have been involved in an attack on Ijara Police Station in Garissa. It has deployed bomb attacks against government, military and civilian targets.

The statement said USA forces would continue to use all authorised and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorists. It says no civilians were killed.

Under U.S. President Donald Trump, military efforts to stamp out the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group have significantly increased.

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According to a study released Wednesday by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, the United States conducted 35 air strikes in Somalia in 2017, a big increase over prior years.

The US has supported the AU force that has driven Al Shabaab out of Mogadishu and other towns since 2011.

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Two killed in Lamu Al-Shabaab attack