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School and hospital hit by an air strike in Somalia

AT LEAST three children were killed in Somalia today when their school was hit by an air strike in the south of the country.

Their school in the town of Sakow was bombed, along with the main hospital which is said to have been destroyed.

The school is run by the al-Shabaab jihadist group which controls the area. It is believed that two senior members of the organisation were in Sakow at the time of the attack, although it is not clear what has happened to them.

The area is subjected to regular bombing raids by the US and Kenya as part of the multinational African Union force.

Earlier this week, Ethiopian air strikes were reported to have killed 70 al-Shabaab militants.

The group, which is affiliated to al-Qaida,  has around 7,000 fighters inside Somalia and maintains influence in southern and central parts of the country.

It carries out frequent bomb attacks on both civilian and government targets and was blamed for killing 500 people when a truck exploded in the capital Mogadishu last October.


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