2 al-Shabaab commanders reportedly killed in airstrike

2015-07-16 15:51
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Mogadishu - Two senior commanders of the Islamist group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia are dead after a Thursday airstrike, intelligence sources said.

"The initial information we have indicates that senior al-Shabaab members named Jama Dhere and Ismail Jamhad were killed" near Baardheere in Gedo region, said a senior intelligence officer in Mogadishu, who asked not to be named.

The airstrike destroyed a vehicle carrying the two commanders, the source added, declining to reveal neither what kind of an aircraft carried out the strike, nor where it was from.

"We have international partners who are helping us," he said.

US drones are believed to play an important role in Somalia's fight against the radical Islamists, who have battled the government for nearly a decade.

Washington has acknowledged its forces' responsibility in the killings of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane in 2014 and of leading member Adan Garar earlier this year.

Baardheere resident Nuro Ahmed said he heard explosions, following which hundreds of al-Shabaab fighters moved in the direction of the blast site

Al-Shabaab did not comment on the airstrike.

Many Baardheere residents had earlier left the town for fear of fighting as Somali and African Union troops were reportedly preparing to take it from al-Shabaab.

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