Home > News > World
Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 9:36:14 PM
Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 9:37:35 PM
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The Somali prime minister said on Friday that Ahmed Godane, head of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, was killed in a U.S. strike this week, although the group that is waging an insurgency against the government has yet to comment.
U.S. officials had said on Wednesday that they were still checking to see whether Monday's U.S. missile strike on an al Shabaab encampment had killed Godane, who was appointed leader in 2008 after his predecessor was killed in a U.S. attack.
"We tell the Somalis that Godane is dead," Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said on his Facebook page, the first government confirmation of his death.
(Reporting by Abdirahman Hussein and Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by James Macharia)
U.S. strike killed al Shabaab commander - Somali officials
Al Qaeda-linked Somali militants kill U.S. jihadist
Ethiopia says foils Somali rebel plot to kidnap U.N. workers
Somali militants say Western forces raid base and kill fighter
Stretched forces leave Somali militants room to plot strikes
Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby
Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses
Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11 - Officials
Fowle back at Ohio home after half-year detention in North Korea
At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border-Israel
Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
Koke shines as Atletico thrash Malmo 5-0
How Jaeger-LeCoultre's Atmos clock keeps on ticking like a Time Lord
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)