The leader of the military wing of an Islamist insurgent organization in Somalia has been killed in an overnight air strike.
Aden Hashi Ayro, al-Shabab’s military commander, died when his home in the central town of Dusamareb was bombed. Ten other people, including a senior militant, are also reported dead.
A US military spokesman told the BBC that it had attacked what he called a known al-Qaeda target in Somalia, but refused to give further details.
Al-Shabab, considered a terrorist group by the US, is the military wing of the Somali Sharia courts movement, the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), until Ethiopian troops ousted them in 2006. The group has since regrouped and is in effect in control of large parts of central and southern Somalia.
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