Top Al Shabab ter­ror­ist dies in US drone strike

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A So­mali in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial said a se­nior fig­ure in the Al Shabab ter­ror­ist group died in a US drone strike. The of­fi­cial said the uniden­ti­fied mil­i­tant had main­tained links with for­eign ex­trem­ist groups with the aim of co-or­di­nat­ing fu­ture at­tacks. Res­i­dents said the fig­ure’s ve­hi­cle was struck on Tues­day out­side the Al Shabab-held town of Kunya Barow, in south­ern So­ma­lia’s Lower Sha­belle re­gion. The US mil­i­tary con­firmed the strike and said the Al Shabab mem­ber had di­rect ties to Al Qaeda. Wash­ing­ton said the strike was car­ried out in co-or­di­na­tion with So­ma­lia’s govern­ment. A UN re­port this month said Al Shabab is a po­tent threat and now makes its own ex­plo­sives.

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