US air strike targets senior al-Shabab leader

1 Apr 2016

US air strike targets senior al-Shabab leader


Correction: 4/2/2016: This story originally said Dhoore had been killed in the air strike. The US is assessing whether he died or not.

A US air strike in Somalia has targeted a senior Al-Shabab leader accused of participating in deadly attacks on African forces and American citizens.  

The Pentagon said on Friday the strike was aimed at Hassan Ali Dhoore, also described as a key member al-Qaeda.

It was unclear whether al-Shabab members were killed in the attack on Thursday, and the US defence department was "assessing the results of this operation", a statement said. 

"Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabab's operational planning and ability to conduct attacks," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook was quoted saying.

Dhoore was said to be a member of al-Shabab's Amniyat, or security and intelligence wing, and was heavily involved in high-profile attack planning in the capital, Mogadishu.

The Pentagon said he planned and oversaw attacks resulting in the deaths of African Union military personnel and at least three US citizens.

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News Source: Aljazeera, 9jaTales

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