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African Union Air Strike in Somalia Kills 50 al-Qaeda Militants

African Union forces killed more than 50 insurgents in an attack on an al-Shabaab stronghold in Somalia, as the death toll from clashes between security forces and the Islamist militants in northeastern Kenya doubled.

An African Union Mission in Somalia air strike targeted “senior leadership and foreign al-Shabaab fighters” on the outskirts of the southern town of Jilib earlier today, according to a statement on the mission’s Twitter account. Kenyan military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said the raid, the second targeting militants in Jilib since May 18, was carried out by Kenyan Defence Force jets.