US says Shebab chief killed in bombing raid in Somalia

AMISOM soldiers arrive in the town of Kurtunwaarey, Somalia after liberating it from Shabab rebels on August 31, 2014The United States said Friday it had killed the chief of Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in a bombing raid in Somalia, touting it as a model for an assault on Islamic State jihadists. The Pentagon confirmed that Ahmed Abdi Godane perished in the attack on Monday in which US drones and manned aircraft rained Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs on a gathering of Shebab commanders. Godane had boasted that Shebab was behind the siege at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi last year, which killed at least 67 shoppers, staff and security personnel. President Barack Obama, speaking in Wales after the NATO summit, seized on the results of the strike to give definition to his separate effort to combat another radical Muslim extremist group, Islamic State (IS), following days of criticism over his anti-terror strategy.

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