United States says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabab members

Mogadishu residents marching through the streets of Mogadishu

Mogadishu residents marching through the streets of Mogadishu

The U.S. military says it has carried out three "precision airstrikes" in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group.

A U.S. Africa Command statement said Wednesday morning's strikes occurred about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu.

The U.S. military carried out another round of drone strikes in Somalia Wednesday.

There have been many ambiguities surrounding United States drone strikes and bombardments in the rural regions of Somalia, a war-torn country still reeling from more than two decades of militancy. U.S. and Somali officials have also claimed in recent weeks that several al-Shabab leaders responsible for planning and executing deadly attacks in Mogadishu had been killed in joint operations.

The U.S. military has carried out several airstrikes against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group. It was announced last week that four members of al-Shabab were killed in drone strikes, although no details were provided on the identity of the militants.

Hundreds of USA soldiers have returned to Somalia for the first time since the "Black Hawk Down" incident in the early 1990s.

Al-Shabab holds vast areas of rural Somalia after being chased out of major cities in recent years by a multinational African Union force and Somali forces.

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