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U.S. Tries to Take Out Terrorist in Somalia

United States military carries out a missile strike on a senior Al-Shabaab terrorist. It is unclear if the raid was successful.

Elad Benari,

Kenyan security forces battle Al Shabaab terr
Kenyan security forces battle Al Shabaab terr

The United States military carried out a missile strike in southern Somalia on Sunday to target a senior figure in the Al-Shabaab terrorist group who had ties to Al­-Qaeda, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News.

It was unclear if the raid, in which witnesses said a vehicle was struck, was successful.

"We'll know more tomorrow," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Fox News.

The Associated Press (AP), citing a member of Al-Shabaab, reported that Sahal Iskudhuq, a member of the Somali rebel group, was killed in the strike, along with his driver.

Last October, a U.S. military strike hit a vehicle carrying senior members of the group, killing its top explosives expert.

Earlier that month, U.S. Navy SEALs raided a coastal Somali town to take down a Kenyan Al Shabaab member.

The SEALs withdrew before capturing or killing their target — Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, known as Ikrima — who was identified as the lead planner of a plot by Al-Shabaab to attack Kenya's parliament building and the United Nations office in capital, Nairobi, in 2011 and 2012.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at a Nairobi shopping mall in September. Kenya has faced multiple attacks by Al-Shabaab terrorists, who want the country's military to leave Somalia.

Following the attack in Nairobi, Al-Shabaab warned that it planned to target Britain next.

A hate preacher wanted for recruiting terrorists to the group said terrorists are planning to murder innocent Britons on their mission to impose Islamic Sharia law across the world.