18 February 2016

Somalia: Al-Shabab Intelligence Chief Killed - Kenyan Army

Photo: Capital FM
Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia (file photo).

Kenya's army has said it killed al-Shabab's intelligence chief and another 10 of the armed group's commanders in an air strike in Somalia.

Al-Shabab, however, denied the claim, saying Mahad Karate, a top commander also responsible for the group's internal security, and his colleagues were "safe and sound" and that the air strikes did not happen.

Kenyan troops, who are part of an African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) fighting al-Shabab, claimed to have killed Karate in a strike at an al-Shabab training camp on February 8.

"The Kenya Defence Forces, under AMISOM operations, would like to confirm that Mahad Mohammed Karate... and 10 other middle-level commanders were killed in a major KDF strike in southern Somalia," a Kenyan army statement said on Thursday.

"The killing ... is a major blow to the terrorist group," the statement said.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the deaths but al-Shabab described the Kenyan report as "lies".

"The person they claimed they killed is safe and sound. None of our camps have been attacked in any way. They are telling lies to please their people after we killed their troops in El-Adde," the group's military operations spokesman, Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ab, told Al Jazeera.

Al-Shabab's intelligence wing has been involved in suicide attacks and assassinations in Somalia, Kenya and other surrounding countries. It provides logistics and support for the group's operations throughout the Horn of Africa.

A US Rewards for Justice wanted notice said: "Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, played a key role in the Amniyat, the wing of the Shabab responsible for assassinations and the April 2, 2015 attack on Garissa University College."

The armed group aims to overthrow Somalia's central government and establish a state based on its interpretation of Islamic law.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011.

With additional reporting by Hamza Mohamed

More on This

Al Shabaab Disguise Fighters As Peacekeepers

Somalia militants Al Shabaab are planning to attack liberated areas disguised in uniforms stolen from the African… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 Al Jazeera. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,000 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.