US says 2 extremists killed in latest Somalia airstrike

United States Marine Corps personnel from the 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, who are in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, press forward on a patrol during Exercise Hamel in Cultana training area, South Australia, on 1 July 2016. (Australian Defence Force photo by Cpl. Dan Pinhorn)

The U.S. military says it has killed two extremists and wounded another in an airstrike against al-Shabab fighters in Somalia.

A statement from U.S. Africa Command on Tuesday said the airstrike was carried out Monday near Jilib in Middle Juba region.

The U.S. has carried out a growing number of drone strikes in the Horn of Africa nation in coordination with Somalia’s government. Most are against al-Shabab but a small number have targeted Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in the Puntland region in the north.

Monday’s strike is the sixth air attack against Islamic extremist fighters so far this year. The U.S. military reported two strikes last week.

The U.S. carried out more than 30 drone strikes last year in Somalia after President Donald Trump approved expanded military efforts.