US Defence Secretary James Mattis (L) is greeted by Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mike Penning on his arrival at the London Somalia Conference at Lancaster House in London on May 11, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
The United States Africa Command says an air strike in southern Somalia has claimed the lives of eight suspected terrorists.
The US military in Africa said on Sunday that the strike was carried out some 185 miles (nearly 300 kilometers) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
According to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the US air strike targeted the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
Their training camp in the Middle Juba region, near Sakow, was destroyed in the attack, he added.
A Somali soldier patrols next to the burnt-out wreckage of a car that was used by suspected al-Shabab fighters on April 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Somali president maintained that the strike would hamper future attacks by the group.
Somalia has been a scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabaab militants since 2006.

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