File: Al-Shabab fighters

Somali and the United States forces killed two al-Shabab terrorists and wounded another in a new airstrike conducted in the militants’ stronghold in southern Somalia on Saturday.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom), which has in the past conducted counter-terrorism strikes against the terror group in Somalia, said that the latest airstrike also destroyed al-Shabab’s compound in the vicinity of Saakow.

“We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike,” Africom said in a statement issued on Sunday.

The U.S. and partner forces have increased military raids into territory formerly controlled by al-Shabab after driving the insurgents out of Mogadishu in 2011.

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Since 2017, the U.S. military has stepped up air raids against al-Shabab, which is trying to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government.

The strikes have largely targeted al-Shabab figureheads based in southern Somalia, where the group still maintains a strong grip in some regions. (Xinhua/NAN)