US airstrike kills extremist rebel in Somalia, say officials

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Intelligence officials in Somalia said an airstrike conducted by the United States (US) military in the country’s south killed a senior extremist of the al-Shabab rebel group.

The airstrike on Monday by an unmanned US drone targetted a vehicle outside Sakow, a town in Somalia’s Middle Jubba region, killing the rebel and wounding another, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The strike was conducted in coordination with Somali intelligence which assisted in tracking the slain militant before the US airstrike.