Senior Al-Shabaab leader Hassan Ali Dhoore ‘killed’ in US drone strike in Somalia

A senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab has been reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Somalia.

The target of the operation, Hassan Ali Dhoore, played a direct role in Al-Shabaab’s Christmas Day 2014 attack on the Mogadishu airport in which one American was among those killed and an attack on a Mogadishu hotel in 2015 that killed 15 people, including a Somali-American.

The results of the air strike, which was carried out on Thursday, are still being assessed, according to the Pentagon.

 Hassan Ali Dhoore was a senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia (file image)

 Hassan Ali Dhoore was a senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia (file image)

‘Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabaab’s operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against the government.’ the Pentagon said in a statement.

The strike came weeks after the United States targeted an Al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia in an air strike that the Pentagon says killed more than 150 fighters.

Al-Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.

The strike came weeks after the United States targeted an al Shabaab training camp in Somalia in an air strike that the Pentagon says killed more than 150 fighters

The strike came weeks after the United States targeted an al Shabaab training camp in Somalia in an air strike that the Pentagon says killed more than 150 fighters

'Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to Al-Shabaab's operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against the government.' the Pentagon said in a statement

‘Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to Al-Shabaab’s operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against the government.’ the Pentagon said in a statement

The group, whose name means ‘The Youth,’ seeks to impose its strict version of sharia law in Somalia.

It frequently unleashes attacks targeting security and government targets, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.

Al-Shabaab has also been behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

 

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