US Airstrike in Somalia Kills 52 al-Shabab Extremists

In this grab taken from security camera footage released to the local media, an armed attacker walks in the compound of a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based extremist group, claimed responsibility for the attack. A U.S. airstrike killed at least 52 of the extremists on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Security Camera Footage via AP)
In this grab taken from security camera footage released to the local media, an armed attacker walks in the compound of a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based extremist group, claimed responsibility for the attack. A U.S. airstrike killed at least 52 of the extremists on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Security Camera Footage via AP)

JOHANNESBURG -- The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 al-Shabab extremists in response to an attack on Somali forces.

The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Jilib in Middle Juba region.

The U.S. says Somali forces had come under attack by a "large group" of the al-Qaida-linked extremists.

The statement does not say how many Somali forces were killed or wounded. There are no reports of Americans killed or wounded.

Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere. The group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya's capital on Tuesday.

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