Four Al-Shabab militants killed in Somalia strike

US military kills 4 Al Shabab fighters in airstrike near Kismayo on Thursday

US military kills 4 Al Shabab fighters in airstrike near Kismayo on Thursday

At least 30 children have been rescued from a school run by the terrorist militia al-Shabab during a raid by Somalian troops and USA special forces, a senior Somali intelligence officer told dpa on Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to AP because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said special forces raided the camp in Jame'o village in Middle Shabelle region.

Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said Friday that Somali forces rescued the kids from a school in the Middle Shabelle region. Al-Shabab is a militant Islamist group, particularly active in the nation's rural parts, that has attempted to oust the Somali government since 2007.

Human Rights Watch recently reported that al-Shabab militants are forcing communities in remote areas to hand over children as young as eight to be trained as fighters.

"Village elders and all the people in this community feel scared from al-Shabab", the resident said.

A United States sponsored operation by Somalia Special forces on Friday, January 19 rescued 32 children who had been kidnapped by militant group al-Shabab.

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The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia on Friday that killed four members of Al-Shabaab.

A group of US Special Operations Forces soldiers assisted on the raid, an occurrence that has grown more common in recent months.

A statement from the US Africa Command said the strike was carried out on Thursday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of the port city of Kismayo.

The statement says no civilians were killed.

The group is widely blamed for the country's worst ever bombing which in October left 512 dead.

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