Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu)

6 October 2013

Somalia: U.S Takes Responsibilty of Predawn Raid Against Al Shabab Target in Somalia

American commandos carried out raids on Saturday in two far-flung African countries in a house where fugitive terrorist suspects were hiding in , U.S officials confirmed.

According to New York Times, American troops assisted by FBI and CIA agents seized a suspected leader of Al Qaeda on the streets of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, while the Navy SEAL raided the seaside villa of a militant leader in a predawn firefight on the coast of Somalia.

the Navy SEAL team emerged before sunrise from the Indian Ocean and exchanged gunfire with militants at the home of a senior leader of the group Al Shabab, the Somali militant group. The raid was planned more than a week ago, officials said, after a massacre by the Shabab at a Nairobi shopping mall that killed more than 60 people two weeks ago.

The SEAL team was forced to withdraw before it could confirm that it had killed the Shabab leader, a senior American security official said. Officials declined to identify the target.

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