Raid carried out as Kenya’s military confirms the names of four al-Shabaab fighters implicated in Westgate mall attack
Foreign military forces were reported on Saturday to have carried out a raid on a southern Somalian coastal town, apparently in pursuit of “a high-profile target” linked to the militant al-Shabaab group, which was behind last month’s Kenyan mall shootings.
Although accounts were contradictory, what seems clear from eyewitness accounts and descriptions of the raid – including by a spokesman for al-Shabaab – was that a group of “white soldiers” launched an attack from small boats, reportedly supported by a helicopter and naval gunfire, in the pre-dawn darkness.
Claims by an al-Shabaab spokesman that the raid involved UK and Turkish special forces and that a British commando had been killed were denied by a UK official: “To the best of our knowledge, no British forces were involved in this.” Asked about the raid, however, a Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said: “I decline comment.”
The raid hit a two-story house close to the beach in the town of Barawe, an al-Shabaab stronghold, in the lower Shabelle region, some 150 miles south of Mogadishu. It is the same town where US navy commandos killed a senior al-Qaida member four years ago.
There was immediate speculation that the target was the leader of al-Shabaab, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Ahmed Godane, who claimed responsibility for the four-day assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi two weeks ago. Godane said the Nairobi attack, which left at least 67 people dead, was in retaliation for Kenya’s military deployment inside Somalia.
Other reports continued to suggest the target of the Somalia attack might have been a Chechen described as a senior leader in al-Shabaab.
Enjoy paradise…. the heat is free!
But, its over a year now since Benghazi…. tick, tick, tick!
For a guy who preaches justice to us, he has a very deranged way of working toward it.
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