Senior Al-Shabaab leader killed in US strike in Somalia: Pentagon

by wadani | Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015

A senior leader of the Al-Shabaab died in a US air strike in Somalia last week which also killed two other militants, the Pentagon said Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said removal of Abdirahman Sandhere “is a significant blow to Al-Shabaab and reflects the painstaking work by our intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals.”

Sandhere, “also known as ‘Ukash,’ a senior leader of the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Shabaab, is dead as a result of a 2015216635596740053231646predator-drone-660_10US military air strike in Somalia undertaken on December 2″ he said.

The Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops.

The group has lost much ground in recent years but remain a threat in both Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, where they have carried out a series of attacks.

The movement is also facing growing divisions with some members shifting allegiance from Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State group.

The United States has led drone strikes in Somalia against Al-Shabaab since 2011.

Hiiraan Net

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