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.
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.