Airstrike kills 27 Shabaab militants in Somalia

MOGADISHU (AA) – At least 27 Al-Shabaab militants were killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia on Tuesday, a military official has said.

"The airstrike targeted Al-Shabaab camps in Bulo-gudud town in the Lower Jubba region," Col. Mohamed Sheikh Abdi told local media, while refraining from saying who had carried out the strike.

Somali forces from Jubba, backed by African troops, conducted ground operations against Al-Shabaab bases in the area in tandem with the airstrike, he added.

Al-Shabaab has yet to comment on the assertions.

Al-Shabaab has recently suffered several major blows, losing most of its strongholds in the southern and central parts of the country to Somali and African Union troops.

Several group members have also been killed in recent U.S. drone attacks.

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