Somali rebel leader’s fate unclear after US air strike

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MOGADISHU: US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group’s leader, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed that the attack was aimed at the group’s leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, also referred to as Abu-Zubayr, and that the bombs definitely hit the meeting of Shebab chiefs. But he said it was unclear if Godane, listed by the US State Department as one of the world’s eight top terror fugitives, had been killed in the raid.

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