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The Department of Defense says it killed a terrorist leader associated with al-Qaeda in Somalia.

FOX's Lucas Tomlinson has more from the Pentagon:

The Pentagon's Africa Command now says it killed a senior al-Shabaab leader in a drone strike in Somalia earlier this week.

al-Shabaab is al-Qaeda's third largest affiliate, long seen as the deadliest terror group in Africa. Last year, al-Shabaab tried to bring down an airliner using a non-metallic bomb smuggled on board in a laptop computer.

The drone strike was carried out under new authorities President Trump granted the military, allowing drones to go on the offensive.

At the Pentagon, Lucas Tomlinson, FOX News.

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