The US military has killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked Islamic group in a Somalia airstrike, the Pentagon announced Friday.
“We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has been killed,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. “The U.S. military undertook operations against Godane on Sept. 1, which led to his death. Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabaab. The United States works in coordination with its friends, allies and partners to counter the regional and global threats posed by violent extremist organizations.”
Godane has claimed that al-Shabaab was responsible for last year’s attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which at least 67 people are reported to have been killed.
The White House issued a statement Friday calling Godane’s death “a major symbolic and operational loss to the largest al-Qaida affiliate in Africa.”
“Even as this is an important step forward in the fight against al-Shabaab, the United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal — financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military — to address the threat that al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups pose to the United States and the American people,” the statement said. “We will also continue to support our international partners, particularly the African Union Mission in Somalia, that are working to support the federal government of Somalia build a secure and stable future for the Somali people.”
Source: Defense news .com