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Pentagon: Airstrike targeted terror leader in Somalia

Pentagon said airstrike targeted al-Shabab extremist leader in Somalia

Pentagon: Airstrike targeted terror leader in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said Monday.

It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful.

In a brief written statement, the Pentagon said the airstrike took place Monday in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia. It provided no details, beyond saying it did not believe the attack caused any civilian or bystander casualties.

The Pentagon said it is assessing the results of the attack.

Al-Shabab is an ultra-conservative Islamic militant group that is linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network and wants to run Somalia by its strict interpretation of Shariah law.

U.S. airstrikes on Sept. 1 killed al-Shabab's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane. Shortly afterward Godane was replaced as the group's leader by Ahmad Umar.

Updated : 2021-05-07 01:15 GMT+08:00