Somalia: Al-Shabaab leader Bashir Mohamed Qorgab killed in airstrike

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A senior commander of Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has been killed in an airstrike, according to local reports.

Somali state radio says Bashir Mohamed Qorgab was killed on February 22 during a joint operation carried out by the US military and Somali army in the southern town of Sakow. Qorgab’s family has confirmed his death but Somali authorities provided no explanation for delaying the announcement while the US military is yet to make any statement on his death.

Al-Shabaab leader killed in airstrike

Bashir Mohamed Qorgab was a senior commander of al-Shabaab accused of taking charge over attacks on military bases and being involved in several operations in Kenya, according to Somali state radio reports.

Last month, reports emerged in Somalia that Qorgab had defected from al-Shabaab after a disagreement with other leaders.

In January, the extremist group attacked a military base in Kenya used by both Kenyan and US forces, killing three Americans before reinforcements overpowered the militant fighters.

Despite an intensified campaign of US airstrikes against al-Shabaab, the militant group continued to stage deadly attacks in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya with some critics questioning the effectiveness of airstrikes against a militia.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.