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 Somalia s government says it has killed Abdullahi Nadir one of the co founders of the armed group al Shabab in an operation with international partners The country s information ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that the operation that killed Nadir happened on Saturday It said he was al Shabab s chief prosecutor and was in line to replace the group s leader Ahmed Diriye who is sick His death is a thorn removed from the Somali nation the statement said The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation In recent weeks Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al Qaeda linked group while fighting alongside local self defence groups But al Shabab has continued to conduct deadly raids including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people Since 2006 the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia s Western backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic law Somalia s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected by lawmakers in May has promised to take the fight to the rebels after three years in which his predecessor consumed by political infighting took little action against al Shabab In August Mohamud appointed a former al Shabab spokesman Muktar Robow into his new cabinet Somalia s military is supported by U S troops and drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission It was not immediately clear which international partners participated in the operation that killed Nadir YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
Somalia says it killed al Shabaab co-founder

Abdullahi Nadir

Somalia’s government says it has killed Abdullahi Nadir, one of the co-founders of the armed group al-Shabab, in an operation with international partners.

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The country’s information ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that the operation that killed Nadir happened on Saturday.

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Ahmed Diriye

It said he was al-Shabab’s chief prosecutor and was in line to replace the group’s leader, Ahmed Diriye, who is sick.

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“His death is a thorn removed from the Somali nation,” the statement said.

“The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation.


In recent weeks, Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al-Qaeda-linked group while fighting alongside local self-defence groups.

But al-Shabab has continued to conduct deadly raids, including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people.

Since 2006, the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic law.

Hassan Sheikh

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, elected by lawmakers in May, has promised to take the fight to the rebels after three years in which his predecessor, consumed by political infighting, took little action against al-Shabab.

In August, Mohamud appointed a former al-Shabab spokesman Muktar Robow into his new cabinet.

African Union

Somalia’s military is supported by U.

S. troops and drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission.

It was not immediately clear which international partners participated in the operation that killed Nadir.

YEE

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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