US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: Government

US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia`s al Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, but gave no details if the attack was successful.

Mogadishu: US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia`s al Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, but gave no details if the attack was successful.

"The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia`s Lower Shabelle region. The Pentagon have confirmed an "operation" was carried out.

Abu-Zubayr is the often used name for Shebab supreme commander Ahmed Abdi Godane, listed by the US State Department as one of the world`s eight top terror fugitives. 

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