US confirms al-Shabab leader killed

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The leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in a US attack earlier this week, the Pentagon has said.

The US carried out air strikes on Monday night targeting a convoy in which he was travelling.

“Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabab,” the Pentagon press secretary said in a statement.

He was one of the US state department’s most wanted men.

It had placed a bounty of $7m (£4.2m) on his head.