US Airstrike in Somalia Destroys Vehicle Carrying Explosives

The strike occurred early Tuesday, about 30 miles west of the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Three police reservists and two Administration Police officers died following the attack by an unknown number of Al-Shabaab militants.

The strike killed two terrorists and destroyed "one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu", the statement said.

This is the latest such airstrike in a series that have killed up to 20 militants in less than a month. It has deployed bomb attacks against government, military and civilian targets.

The strike comes after the US urged its nonessential diplomatic personnel to evacuate Mogadishu after it warned of a potential threat.

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According to Iranian parliamentarians, there are now an estimated 5,000 people on death row for such offences across the country. The country's parliament increased death penalty thresholds on opium and marijuana tenfold to 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds.

The statement said U.S. forces would continue to use all authorised and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorists.

The Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow successive internationally backed governments in Mogadishu since 2007 and frequently deploys auto and truck bombs against military, government and civilian targets.

According to press releases, in December 2017, U.S. Africa Command killed a total of 25 al-Shabaab members in airstrikes.

The U.S. military has been supporting Somali forces and an African Union peacekeeping troop in their fight against al-Shabaab.

In September previous year, Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a United States air strike.


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