Senior Shabaab leader targeted in US drone strike in Somalia

The United States carried out a drone strike in Somalia against a senior leader from the militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that, if successful, it represented a significant blow.

Reuters| Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 02:56 AM IST

Washington: The United States carried out a drone strike in Somalia against a senior leader from the militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that, if successful, it represented a significant blow.

The Jan. 31 Hellfire missile strike south of the capital Mogadishu targeted Yusef Dheeq, the group`s chief of external operations and planning for intelligence and security, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

"I`m not in a position now to confirm the results of the strike but if successful – if he no longer breathes - then this is a significant, another significant blow to al Shabaab," Kirby said.