US Drone Strike Killed al-Shabab Leader

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Washington: A U.S. drone strike in Somalia “most likely” killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior leader of the terror group al-Shabab who had planned attacks that killed three Americans overseas, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News Friday.

Officials say the strike occurred Thursday about 20 miles south of Jilib. The officials say Dhoore helped facilitate a deadly Christmas Day 2014 attack at a Somali airport and a March 2015 attack at the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel, both in Mogadishu. U.S. citizens were among those killed in the two attacks, the officials said.

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In fact, Dhoore had continued to plot ways to target and kill Americans in the Somali capital, according to the Pentagon.

Dhoore’s death, if confirmed, would mark a “significant blow” to the Al Qaeda-linked group and its ability to plot attacks, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

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