US kills top al-Shabaab commander in drone strike in Somalia

The US has killed a top commander of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab in an airstrike, Somali military official Ali Baashi Mohamed said Saturday.

Hassan Ali Dhoore and two other al-Shabaab fighters were killed in a drone attack near the southern city of Jilib.

Al-Shabaab has been fighting to create an Islamic state in the Horn of Africa for years. US drone attacks in Somalia have already killed several high-ranking fighters of the terrorist group.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Friday that the United States had conducted airstrikes targeting Dhoore, but didn't say whether Dhoore had been killed in the strikes.

Al-Shabaab confirmed the airstrike from Thursday and said a traitor had been hanged as a result. In its radio message, the militia failed to confirm whether Dhoore was killed in the strike.

In Wadajir, a residential area of Mogadishu, al-Shabaab fighters killed two men in a drive-by shooting by unloading about 80 rounds of ammunition into them, according to a dpa reporter who witnessed the event.

Al-Shabaab later took responsibility for the shootings, saying the victims were members of Somali security services.

Another top commander and 22 other fighters of al-Shabaab were killed in a joint military operation between African Union forces (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army (SNA) just south of Mogadishu Friday night.

The local al-Shabaab commander Janaale Abdirashir Buqdube was killed in the operation near Janale, AMISOM said in a statement Saturday.

Last update: Sat, 02/04/2016 - 18:06
Author: 

More from World

Iraq claims early gains in bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State

 Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had regained territory from Islamic State in the western part of Mosul, hours...

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in...

Truck bomb kills 35 in Somali capital

A suicide truck bomb on Sunday exploded at a market in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 35 people,...

Ecuadorians head to polls to choose new president

Polls opened for Ecuador's general election Sunday as voters prepared to choose a successor to President Rafael...

What happened in Sweden? Country confused by Trump's rally remarks

Swedish commentators and media Sunday reacted with astonishment at weekend remarks by US President Donald Trump...