4 September 2014

Somalia: Al Shabaab Twitter Announces the Death of Ahmed Godane

Photo: Zoe Flood/IRIN
A soldier of the Somali National Army

A twitter which belongs to Alshabaab announced the demise of their overall leader Ahmed Godane. This comes days after drones attacked and stroke the leaders of Alshabaab in Southern Somalia.

Reuters said it is not yet clear whether he is dead or not. However, Godane was not seen in public since the bombardment which took place near Sablale on Monday night. Reuters added that since then he was not talking on media to falsify the claims that he might be dead.

The director of Heritage Institute in Mogadishu said if he is dead that may be a game changer. Alshabaab leaders have not spoken about whether their leader is dead or alive. However, earlier media reports said the overall leader of Alshabaab Ahmed Godane survived the drone attack. They said Ahmed left the scene that was stroke moments before the attack. The drones attacked a forest near Sablaale town which is 170km away from Mogadishu.

Ahmed Godane studied in Afghanistan in 1990s. This is not the first time American planes targeted Alshabaab leader. Last year, they killed two Alshabaab leaders in Southern Somalia. In 2008, Adan Hashi Ayrow who was the leader of Alshabaab at the time was killed in bombardment by US forces in central Somalia.

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