Somali rebel leader's fate unclear after US air strike

Ugandan soldiers with the African Union Mission in Somalia prepare to advance on the town of Kurtunwaarey in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, on August 31, 2014US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group’s leader, officials said. Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed that the attack was aimed at the group’s leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, also referred to as Abu-Zubayr, and that the bombs definitely hit the meeting of Shebab chiefs. “US special operations forces using manned and unmanned aircraft destroyed an encampment and a vehicle using several Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions,” Kirby said. We can’t give further details until we get additional information on the exact number of casualties, but what I know is that the target was the leadership,” government spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli told reporters.

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