Somalia says US airstrike kills al-Shabab leader

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Posted: Dec 30, 2014 12:27 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's intelligence service says a U.S. airstrike successfully killed the intelligence chief of terror group al-Shabab.

The statement from the Somali agency Tuesday identified the slain leader only as Abdishakur, also known as Tahlil. It said the operation also killed two other al-Shabab militants.

The Pentagon said the airstrike took place Monday in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia. It provided no details, beyond saying it did not believe the attack caused any civilian or bystander casualties.

Al-Shabab is an ultra-conservative Islamic militant group that is linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network and wants to run Somalia by its strict interpretation of Shariah law. Despite militants suffering huge losses in recent years, including the killing of their leader in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, al-Shabab remains a threat.