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Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike'

BY: Daily Graphic
Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike' (Library photo)
Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike' (Library photo)

Somalia officials say a key al-Shabab commander has been killed in an American airstrike.

A statement from the US Africa Command did not name the dead man, but said one fighter had been killed near Tortorow in southern Somalia.

The country's Information Minister Abdulrahman Omar said the target was a commander called Ali Jabal who was believed to be responsible for attacks around the capital, Mogadishu.

The BBC said earlier this year, President Donald Trump gave the US military greater powers to carry out targeted strikes in support of partner forces in Somalia.