Key al-Shabaab figure killed in US airstrike

U.S. Africa Command said on Tuesday that it killed one of the key figures of armed group al-Shabaab.

According to statement Yusuf Jis who was one of the foundational members of the group was killed in the strike on 2nd April at Bush Madina in the Bay region of Southwest state.

The airstrike was conducted 135 miles west of Mogadishu in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia.

“This individual was a key leader in the al-Shabaab organization,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. “He was violent, ruthless, and responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. His removal makes Somalia and neighboring countries safer.”

In another news, five al-Shabaab militants were killed in a new airstrike in the vicinity of Jilib in Lower Jubba region on Monday.

U.S. Africa Command said no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the attack.

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