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Somalia's Shabaab confirm leader's killing in U.S. airstrike, name new head

Somalia's al Qaeda-linked Islamists on Saturday confirmed that their leader Ahmed Godane was killed in a U.S. aerial bombardment earlier this week.

A member of Somalia's al Shabaab militant group sits during a public demonstration to announce their integration with al Qaeda, in Elasha, south of the capital Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters A member of Somalia's al Shabaab militant group sits during a public demonstration to announce their integration with al Qaeda, in Elasha, south of the capital Mogadishu.
Credit: Reuters

Somalia's al Qaeda-linked Islamists on Saturday confirmed for the first time that their leader Ahmed Godane was killed in a U.S. aerial bombardment earlier this week and named a new leader, warning of "distress" to their enemies.

U.S. forces struck Godane's encampment in south-central Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions on Monday, but the Pentagon did not confirm his death until Friday, saying it was still assessing the results of the airstrike.

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