30 Dec '14, 9pm

Somali government claims Shabaab's intel chief killed in US airstike

Somalia's National Security Agency said that the US killed the leader of the Amniyat, Shabaab's intelligence service, in yesterday's airstrike in southern Somalia. US officials have not confirmed the claim. "In a joint operation last night by the Somali national security and the United States, al-Shabaab intelligence chief Abdishakur, also known as Tahlil, who replaced the recently arrested former chief, was eliminated," the National Security Agency claimed in a statement that was released earlier today. The agency also said that two other Shabaab members were killed in the airstrike, but their identities were not disclosed, Al Arabiya reported . Shabaab has not commented on yesterday's airstrike, nor has the al Qaeda branch announced the death of a senior leader. The US military, which announced yesterday that it targeted a "senior leader" of the jihadist group near the t...

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