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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says U. S. officials have confirmed the death of the leader of the al-Shabab terror group in a U. S. airstrike on Monday.

    The Pentagon's press secretary confirmed the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane in a brief written statement Friday.

    The statement calls the death a major symbolic and operational loss for al-Shabab.
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    The leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week, the Pentagon has said.

    The US carried out air strikes on Monday night destroying a vehicle and an encampment south of the capital.

    "Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabab," the Pentagon press secretary said in a statement.

    He was one of the US state department's most wanted men.

    It had placed a bounty of $7m (4.2m) on his head.

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    Al-Shabaab, Somalia's Islamic extremist group, has named a new leader after confirming the killing of its previous leader by a US air strike, a commander of the group said.

    The Somali militants unanimously selected Ahmad Umar, also known as Abu Ubaidah, at a meeting in an undisclosed location in Somalia, said rebel commander Abu Mohammed.

    Al-Shabaab also stated that it remains aligned with al-Qaida, according to the Site intelligence group, that monitors statements by Islamic militant groups.

    There had been speculation that al-Shabaab would be shaken by a power struggle over the selection of a new leader and that perhaps the Somali rebels would change alliance and become allied to the Islamic State group.

    The Somali group had to appoint a new leader following the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed with two others by a US air strike on Monday. The attack took place 105 miles south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab trains its fighters.

    "Avenging the death of our scholars and leader is a binding obligation on our shoulders that we will never relinquizh nor forget, no matter how long it takes," said the al-Shabaab statement, according to Site.

    President Barack Obama confirmed on Friday that Godane was killed by the US air strike. The US state department declared al-Shabaab a terrorist organisation in February 2008.

    Godane was also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr and was the spiritual leader of the al-Qaida-linked group. The US had offered a reward of up to $7m (4.3m) for information leading to his arrest. Godane had publicly claimed al-Shabaab was responsible for last year's deadly Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that left 67 people dead.
    Al-Shabaab ushers in new leadership after deadly US air strike | World news | theguardian.com

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