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Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Killed Leader of Al Shabab Unit

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MOGADISHU — The leader of a unit of the Somali militant group al Shabab was killed by a U.S. air strike in Somalia, Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency said on Tuesday. "With the help of the Somali national security and intelligence agency and its U.S. counterpart, an al Shabaab leader was killed last night," the security agency said in a statement.

The U.S. Defence Department said on Monday it had launched an air strike in Somalia that targeted a senior al Shabab leader and was "assessing the results of the operation." The Somali statement said the leader, who it identified as Abdishakur, also known as Tahliil, was the head of Amniyat — an elite unit blamed for suicide attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The al-Qaeda-aligned al Shabab is seeking to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law in the country. A spokesman for the group could not be reached for comment.

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