A senior Al-Shabaab commander was killed in a recent US airstrike in Somalia, the director of US African Command (Africom) said on Sunday.
“Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud was a senior operational leader responsible for exporting terror in Somalia as well as attacks into Kenya,” said Africom director Colonel Christopher Karns.
“He has been a senior al-Shabaab member for more than a decade.”
Bashir also was suspected of having had a role in a January attack on a US-Kenyan military base in southeastern Kenya in which three Americans were killed, he added.
General Roger Cloutier, commander of US land forces in Africa, recently declared al-Shabaab to be “one of the biggest threats on the continent”.