Nine dead in Somali airstrike


The US military killed nine militants in an air strike targeting al Shabaab in Lebede, Somalia, part of operations to support government efforts to weaken the militant group.

The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said the strike was carried out on Friday. “We assess this airstrike killed nine militants with no civilians involved,” Africom said in a statement.

The United States carries out periodic air strikes in Somalia in support of a UN-backed government which has been fighting an al-Shabaab insurgency for years.