US kills 8 militants in Somalia

US kills 8 militants in Somalia
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The United States has killed eight al-Shabab militants in Somalia in an airstrike, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The U.S. military in a statement said it struck a rebel compound south of the country’s capital.

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The president of Somalia confirmed the airstrike, The AP said. 

“The U.S. conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces,” the Pentagon said in a statement, as reported by ABC News.

The strike on al Qaeda’s Somalia affiliate is the first to occur under the Trump administration’s new authorities, ABC News said.