US Carries Out Strike Against Suspected Al-Shabab Leader

American officials have not confirmed that the target was killed


The US military has carried out a missile strike in Somalia against a suspected militant leader with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabab.

Local residents told the BBC that an al-Shabab commander and four others were killed but US officials say this has not been confirmed.

The strike was aimed at a vehicle in a remote area of southern Somalia, near the coastal town of Barawe.