US air strike in Somalia kills six

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The US military killed six Islamist militants in an air strike in Somali in the in the Lower Shabelle region, it said.

“At this time we assess no civilians were injured or killed in this air strike,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.

“This air strike was conducted to diminish al-Shabaab’s freedom of movement and increase pressure on the terrorist network in the area.”

The US and Somali militaries have stepped up air strikes against al Shabaab Islamist fighters recently.

Last month, the US military said it killed 62 militants in six air attacks.