Destroyer bombards militants


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At least eight foreign Islamic fighters and an unspecified number of Somali militants were killed in security force operations backed by shelling from a U.S. warship — a combination that “defeated” them, officials said Sunday.

The fight against Islamic militants in Somalia has dramatically moved to the relatively peaceful northeast of the country, opening up a new battlefront between them and Somali government forces and their allies who have previously fought only in the country’s south....

An unidentified Navy destroyer off Somalia, similar to the Arleigh Burke-class ship pictured, assisted local government fighters June 2, shelling suspected foreign and Somali Islamic militants.