9 March 2016

Somalia: Top Al-Shabaab Leaders Killed in U.S. Airstrike On Raso Camp

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Kenyan troops during an operation in Somalia (file photo).

A Somali official says senior Al shabaab commanders are among 150 militants killed in a U.S. airstrike on a training camp in Hiiraan region of central Somalia.

The district commissioner of Bulo-Burte Abdiaziz Durow confirmed the death of the Al shabaab's head of defense Sheikh Abukar Ali Aden and other top leaders who were killed in drone attack.

Mr Durow said the slain leaders were attending a closing ceremony for new Al shabaab recruits trained in Raso camp near Bulo-Burte town at the time of the U.S. airstrike last Saturday.

Those killed in the U.S. Drone attack include Yusuf Ali Ugas, Al shabaab governor who was in charge of Hiiraan region and Mohamed Mire, a high-ranking militant leader.

The Pentagon has announced U.S. drone attack killed 150 Al shabaab members in the airstrike, targeted Raso training camp located west of Bulo-Burte town, a figure Al-Shabaab described as an exaggeration.

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