U.S. airstrike kills top al-Shabaab terror leader

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 7th, 2020 3:15 pm

An April 2 airstrike in Somalia killed a high-ranking and foundational member of the extremist group known as al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, according to U.S. Africa Command.

The strike killed three jihadis, including Yusuf Jiis, a Shabaab leader who helped facilitate the group's attacks throughout East Africa.

"This individual was a key leader in the al-Shabaab organization," Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, the AFRICOM commander said in a news release. "He was violent, ruthless, and responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. His removal makes Somalia and neighboring countries safer."

The airstrike targeted Bush Madina, Somalia, which is located around 135 miles west of Mogadishu.

AFRICOM previously said it has increased the frequency of strikes against Shabaab militants, after the extremist group said it sees the pandemic as an opportunity to further its agenda.


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