May 1, 2008

Other blow for Al-Qaeda

A US air strike in Somalia killed at least 12 people on Thursday, including an Al-Qaeda's military leader in the war-torn country. The militant leader was named as Moalim Aden Hashi Ayro who trained with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and had been linked to the deaths of foreign aid workers in Somalia. He had been a target of a US air strike in 2007.

In Washington, the Pentagon confirmed an attack on an Al-Qaeda military leader in Somalia but declined to identify him and would not initially say whether the mission had been successful. A war plane dropped three large bombs on the house at about 2:00 am (2300 GMT Wednesday).

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