U.S. strike kills senior Shabaab leader in Somalia: government

February 4, 2015 3:12 PM

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A U.S. missile strike launched in Somalia last week killed Islamist group al Shabaab's mastermind behind attacks at home and abroad, the Somali government said on Wednesday.

The United States said on Tuesday it had launched the drone strike to kill Yusef Dheeq, al Shabaab's chief of external operations and planning for intelligence and security, adding that if it was successful it would be a major blow to the group.

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