So­ma­lia drone strike said to kill mil­i­tant

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MO­GADISHU, So­ma­lia — The U.S. mil­i­tary said Mon­day that it car­ried out a drone strike in So­ma­lia that killed a mem­ber of the al-Shabab ex­trem­ist group, while So­ma­lia’s gov­ern­ment said it be­lieves the strike killed a high-level al-Shabab com­man­der re­spon­si­ble for sev­eral deadly bomb­ings in the cap­i­tal.

A U.S. Africa Com­mand state­ment said the airstrike oc­curred Satur­day near Tor­toroow, an al-Shabab strong­hold in Lower Sha­belle re­gion in south­ern So­ma­lia.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ear­lier this year ap­proved ex­panded mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against al-Shabab, in­clud­ing more ag­gres­sive airstrikes and con­sid­er­ing parts of south­ern So­ma­lia ar­eas of ac­tive hos­til­i­ties.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab is the dead­li­est Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group in Africa.

The U.S. state­ment said the airstrike was car­ried out in co­or­di­na­tion with re­gional part­ners and that no civil­ians were killed.

A state­ment by So­ma­lia’s in­for­ma­tion min­istry said the gov­ern­ment be­lieves that Ali Mo­hamed Hus­sein died in the op­er­a­tion co­or­di­nated with “in­ter­na­tional part­ners.”

Ali had served as the ex­trem­ist group’s shadow gov­er­nor for the cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu, and had been one of the group’s most out­spo­ken of­fi­cials.

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