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Somalia on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead

A soldier walks past the site of a major car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters and detention facility in the center of Mogadishu, August 31, 2014Somalia’s government warned Saturday of a wave of retaliatory attacks by the country’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels after their leader was confirmed to have been killed in a US air strike. The Horn of Africa nation’s president also offered Shebab fighters the chance to lay down their arms and seize on a 45-day amnesty, telling them government troops and the African Union’s AMISOM force was on the brink of overrunning their territory. On Friday the Pentagon confirmed that Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Africa, perished in an attack on Monday in which US drones and manned aircraft rained Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs on a gathering of Shebab commanders. Somalia’s national security minister said he believed they were now bent on revenge.

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