US, Somali forces kill Al-Shabaab commander responsible for multiple attacks, official says
Somali security forces have reportedly killed a top commander of the militant group al-Shabaab responsible for multiple attacks in the country.
According to a senior Somali official, the commander, identified as Sheikh Ahmed Omar was killed in an operation led by Somali army and AMISOM forces in the southern Lower Shabelle region on Thursday.
The official said that Omar had been behind a series of deadly attacks in the country, including the attack on the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu in 2015 that left 18 dead.
The official also confirmed that five other al-Shabaab militants were also killed in the operation.
The killing of Omar comes as the Somali security forces continue their campaign to crack down on al-Shabaab militants across the country.