Latest report from U.S. military said on Monday that it carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed Al-Shabaab’s Mogadishu Shadow Governor.
In a statement from U.S. Africa Command, the Shebab leader identified as Mohamed Hussein Ali Jabal was killed the airstrike that was carried out on Saturday near Tortoroow, an al-Shabab stronghold in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. The statement said no civilians were killed.
Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.
According to U.S. statement the drone airstrike was carried out in coordination with regional partners; SNA and AMISOM as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.
NISA confirmed the identification of the slain Al-Shabaab top ranking leader as Ali Mohamed Hussein, who has served as the terrorist group’s shadow governor for Mogadishu and has been one of the group’s most outspoken officials.
Military sources in Somalia reports that at least one missile struck a car in which the Al-Shabaab leader was travelling near Tortoroow killing a senior figure alongside other terror operatives.