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Somalia: Al Shabaab commander killed in drone strike


MARKA, Somalia, December 22, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Al Shabaab guerrilla operations commander has been reported killed in suspected United States drone strike on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

Residents of the five Americas, a small vicinity near Lower Shabelle regional district of Kurtunwarey confirmed that militants closed drone-hit areas to the public.

The killed commander was identified as Abu Utayba, with other sources saying other terror commanders might have been targeted in the strike.

Details remain patchy, and Garowe Online couldn’t reach officials with explicit knowledge of the drone attack for comments.

Officials at National Security Ministry said, the incident is being investigated.

The strike is thought to have adversely affected nearby nomadic civilians in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia. 


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