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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Senior Al-shabaab leader killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia

By ABDI GULED - Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A senior commander and other members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia, Somali and U.S. officials and a militant commander said Thursday.

The attack Wednesday night near the rebel-held town of Bardhere was an operation planned by U.S. and African Union forces, according to a U.S. official who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. The joint force was moving toward the town when rebels advanced on them, he said. A U.S. drone fired on the rebels killing and wounding a number of them, he said.