Al-Qaida chief killed in US air strike in Somalia

An Islamic militant group said today the man believed to be the head of al-Qaida in Somalia had been killed in a US air strike along with eight other people.

The spokesman for the Islamic Al-Shabab militia said the overnight strike killed Aden Hashi Ayro at his house in the central Somali town of Dusamareeb.

Sheikh Muqtar Robow said eight others were killed and six wounded.

Somali government officials say Ayro trained in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks and headed al-Qaida’s cell in Somalia.

Resident Guled Ahmed said the strike was carried out by US forces but offered no evidence.

The US military has attacked several suspected extremists in Somalia over the past year.

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