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The U.S. military struck "a target against a known al Qaeda terrorist" in southern Somalia early Monday, the Pentagon said.
Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, would not release any other details on the strike, which occurred when it was still late Sunday in Washington.
A U.S. military official told CNN's Barbara Starr that the strike near the town of Dhoobley, close to the Somali-Kenyan border, involved precision missiles.
It was aimed at a "facility where there were known terrorists" affiliated with East African al Qaeda operations, according to the official. It is unclear whether the target was hit in the strike.
While referring details of the strike to the Pentagon, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe stressed that "the United States is going to go after al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated operatives wherever we find them.