International OPERATION – Deadly Airstrike Reported

Extremist Group Leader Reportedly Killed in International Operation

High-Ranking Extremist Group Leader Reportedly Killed in International Operation

( – Al-Shabaab is a Somalian-based group active in the al-Qaeda network, according to intelligence sources. The militant group has continually threatened the country’s citizens while destabilizing the nation and trying to do the same to those around it. Recently, the US Africa Command teamed up with the Somalian Federal Government to take out one of the organization’s high-ranking leaders.

On Saturday, October 1, the US conducted an airstrike targeting and killing Abdullahi Nadir. Nadir had a $3-million bounty on his head, according to a report from The Hill. A statement from US Africa Command said the operation didn’t kill or injure any civilians during its course.

The statement also emphasized how eliminating Nadir was a significant step in preventing the “malicious terrorist group” from planning attacks, whether those would take place within Somalia or abroad. According to Reuters, the Somalian government likened Nadir’s death to removing “a thorn” from its country’s side and expressed gratitude to those who cooperated on the mission.

Despite the successful mission, militants attacked with car bombs on Monday in the city of Beledweyne, resulting in 20 deaths and a few dozen other injuries. VOA News reported the blasts killed both the regional deputy governor and health minister among the victims. Elected in May, Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has promised to continue fighting al-Shabaab.

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