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US military kills Al-Shabaab leader who helped plan Kenya base attack

DPA
Nairobi
A senior Al-Shabaab leader who is believed to have helped mastermind the terrorist group’s deadly attack on a Kenyan military base in January has been killed in an airstrike, the US military’s Africa Command (Africom) said late on Tuesday. Three Americans - two contractors and a soldier - were killed during the January 5 attack on the Manda Bay base, which is used by US and Kenyan soldiers.
The man killed in the February 22 airstrike was “in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations on the Kenya border region, including the recent attack on Manda Bay,” Africom said.
His wife was also killed in the airstrike, which was carried out near the town of Saakow by Africom in coordination with the Somali government. She was a “witting and active member of Al-Shabaab responsible for facilitating a wide range of terrorist activities,” according to Africom.

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