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Somalia, US drone strike against al-Shabaab kills more than 150

The US army conducted a drone strike against the terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia. A successful operation, according to the Pentagon.

The US army carried out a drone strike over the weekend against an al-Shabab training camp, about 150 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu.

 

According to the Pentagon, the strike killed 150. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told the strike destroyed a training camp where an “imminent large-scale” attack was being planned: “We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and African Union forces”.

 

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Officials told NBC that “the group was conducting “some kind of ceremony” when American drones dropped bombs.

 

The members of al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, were pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union Peacekeeping Forces in 2011. However, the group remained operational as a strong political opponent in Somalia, carrying out frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the current pro-Western government led by Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

 

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