Drone strike kills one of al-Shabab's top leaders

December 30, 2014 6:15 PM

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Drone strike kills one of al-Shabab's top leaders

A Pentagon official confirmed to CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin that a key al-Shabab leader named Abdishakur, also known as Tahliil, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia Monday. Abdishakur was the chief of intelligence and the head of a unit of al-Shabab responsible for external operations, or suicide attacks.

After his predecessor was killed in a strike earlier this year, Abdishakur had taken over as intelligence chief. He was traveling in a vehicle which was hit by "several Hellfire" missiles. The U.S. had been tracking him for some time.

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