Senior al-Shabaab commander captured in Somalia

Mogadishu - A top al-Shabaab commander and two other senior members of the Islamist group have been captured by Somali and African Union troops in the Horn of Africa country, intelligence sources said on Monday.

The three were captured near the central town of Elbur late on Sunday, senior Somali intelligence officer Mohamed Hasan said.

They included top commander Ali Yusuf, also known as Ali Ganey. He is thought to be responsible for the killings of civilians and attacks against Somali and AU troops in the area, Somali military commander Mohamed Kahiye said.

Al-Shabaab issued no comment.

The AU has more than 22 000 troops in Somalia to help the government battle al-Shabaab, which has campaigned for nearly a decade for a state governed under the strictest interpretation of Islamic law.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Gauteng DA leader Solly Msimanga says the party's voters want it to explore conditional coalition talks with the ANC. 
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a step in the right direction. An ANC-DA coalition would be the most stable option for SA
33% - 4220 votes
The DA should focus on working with all opposition parties, including the EFF, to unseat the ANC
14% - 1857 votes
The DA should rather remain in opposition than form a coalition with the ANC or the EFF
53% - 6819 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.58
-2.1%
Rand - Pound
21.53
-3.6%
Rand - Euro
18.49
-3.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.97
-2.4%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-4.1%
Gold
1,801.50
+1.9%
Silver
22.70
+2.3%
Palladium
1,946.00
+3.1%
Platinum
1,044.00
+0.6%
Brent Crude
86.97
+3.1%
Top 40
68,868
+0.4%
All Share
75,020
+0.3%
Resource 10
75,989
+3.4%
Industrial 25
92,168
+1.8%
Financial 15
15,274
-7.4%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE