US carries out air strike in Somalia targeting Shabaab leader

The US military launched a missile strike in Somalia targeting a suspected al-Shabaab leader.

US carries out air strike in Somalia targeting Shabaab leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected leader with ties to al Shabaab, a U.S. military official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The strike took place in southern Somalia, the official said, without offering further information, including the identity of the suspect or whether the strike was believed to have been successful.

Another U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the operation took place in a remote area near Barawe, Somalia.

Barawe, a stronghold on Somalia's southern coast, was the site of a failed raid by American commandos in October targeting a man known as Ikrima.

The U.S. forces pulled out after a gun battle without capturing Ikrima, described as a planner and operator who has relentlessly plotted attacks on neighboring Kenya.

Al Shabaab has been weakened by African Union troops over the past two years, ushering in some stability in many parts of the Horn of Africa country after a campaign of cross-border raids and kidnappings of Westerners and security forces.

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