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40 Al-Shabaab militants killed in airstrike-Intelligence agency

Storyline:National News, Security

Forty Al-Shabaab militants were killed Saturday in a military airstrike in a village in Lower Shabelle region, Somalia’s intelligence agency has said.

The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) said in a tweet Tuesday the airstrike in Forsooley in Lower Shabelle region neutralized 40 militants following an earlier raid by NISA forces.

NISA said its forces had, prior to the strike raided two areas where the militants had been collecting taxes from locals. The forces seized weapons and destroyed structures used by the militants, the statement added.

It was not immediately clear if the strike was different from the one US Africa Command (AFRICOM) reported on the same day. AFRICOM said February 2nd it carried out an airstrike in Gandarshe in Lower Shabelle region killing 13 Al-Shabaab militants. The strike came two days after a similar one in Hiiraan region killed 24 militants.