Al-Shabaab leader wanted by US dies in Somalia

2015-05-28 11:38
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Mogadishu - A senior leader of al-Shabaab, who was hunted by the United States for years, is dead, the Islamist militant group said on Thursday.

Hassan Abdullah Hersi Turki, 73, died of natural causes after years of illness, al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, also known as Ali Dhere, told dpa.

Turki was reportedly a close ally of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The US tried to kill Turki in 2008 in an airstrike on Somalia's Lower Juba region and searched for him ever since.

Since 2013, Turki is included in the UN al-Qaeda sanctions list.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  somalia  |  us  |  east africa

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