A US airstrike has targeted a senior commander of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Defence Department says.
The strike on Friday targeted Abdullahi Haji Da'ud, who the Pentagon describes as one of the group's "most senior military planners" responsible for attacks in Somalia, Kenya and Uganda. His position included head of the group's security and intelligence branch.
"We are confident that the removal from the terrorist network of this experienced al-Shabaab commander with extensive operational experience will disrupt near-term attack planning, potentially saving many innocent lives," spokesman Peter Cook says.
US officials were still working to determine if he had been killed in the strike.