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US Strike Kills Senior Al-Shabab Member11/20 06:30

   A Somali intelligence official says a U.S. drone strike has killed a senior 
officer with the al-Shabab extremist group.

   MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali intelligence official says a U.S. drone 
strike has killed a senior officer with the al-Shabab extremist group.

   The official says the unidentified officer had maintained links with foreign 
extremist groups with the aim of coordinating future attacks. The official 
spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to 
reporters.

   Residents said the officer's vehicle was struck Tuesday outside the 
al-Shabab-held town of Kunya Barow in southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.

   The U.S. military in a statement confirms the strike and says the al-Shabab 
member had direct ties to al-Qaida. The U.S. says the strike was carried out in 
coordination with Somalia's government.

   A United Nations expert report released this month says al-Shabab remains a 
potent regional threat and now makes its own explosives.


(KR)

 
 
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