Maintenance. We are currently updating the site. Please check back shortly

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Inform - Connect - Empower

Unclear if Somalia militant leader killed in strike -U.S. official

Source: Reuters - Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:35 GMT
Author: Reuters
hum-war
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Email Print
Leave us a comment

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The United States is still assessing whether al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed along with other al Qaeda-linked militants in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia on Monday, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday.

"We don't know that he's dead. But he was the target," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other U.S. officials said they believe Godane was killed, but that the U.S. government has not confirmed this yet.

If he were killed, it would be a major blow to the militant group.

Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global player in the al Qaeda franchise - a transformation that was highlighted when it killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall last September. (Reporting by Phil Stewart and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
Most Popular
TOPICAL CONTENT
Topical content
LATEST SLIDESHOW

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
FEATURED JOBS
Featured jobs