23rd November 2015, Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen movement suffered yet another huge blow after a U.S. drone strike killed three senior commanders along with 11 other fighters on Saturday night.
Among the killed was lower Shabelle regional commander Sheikh Mohamed Abdalla.
The drone attack targeted a group of Al Shabaab militants at Baladu-Amin some 30 kilometers to the east of Wanlaweyn in the lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia.
A military source indicate that the militants were trying to aid one their commander get medical care.
The killing of top leadership is a huge blow to the Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist group that is already facing ISIS rivalry within its faction.
The Somali based militant group has staged several attacks in the Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in an effort to topple the western-backed government but it has faced resistance from the government forces backed by the African Union peacekeeping forces (AMISOM).
The militant group has also been dislodged from key towns and strongholds across the Somalia.
In March, 2015 U.S. Department of Defense announced that their drone strike had killed Adnan Garaar, an Al Shabaab leader believed to be the architect of a 2013 attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that claimed lives of 67 people.