US strike 'most likely' killed al-Shabab boss responsible for American deaths, official says

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 3:25 AM

S. drone strike in Somalia "most likely" killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior boss of the terror grouping al-Shabab who'd planned attacks that killed three Americans overseas, a U.

US strike 'most likely' killed al-Shabab boss responsible for American deaths, official says

A U. S. drone strike in Somalia "most likely" killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior boss of the terror grouping al-Shabab who'd planned attacks that killed three Americans overseas, a U. S. official confirmed to Fox News Friday.

Dhoore was riding in a vehicle with two other al-Shabab members Thursday evening when the strike took space about twenty miles S of Jilib in southern Somalia, according to a senior U. S. defense official.

The Pentagon had been watching him off and on for a long time, the senior official adds, saying the Somali government was involved in sharing information that led to this strike.

U. S. executive declare Dhoore helped alleviate a fatal Christmas Day two thousand fourteen attack at a Somali airport and a March two thousand fifteen attack at the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel, both in Mogadishu. U. S. citizens were among those killed in the two attacks, the executive said.

In addition, investigators linked Dhoore to the assassination of a Somali parliament member who also had U. S. citizenship. Dhoore had continued to plot ways to target and murder Americans in the Somali capital, according to the Pentagon.

Dhoore'south death, if confirmed, would label a "significant blow" to the Al Qaeda-linked grouping and its skill to map attacks, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia'south major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch fatal guerrilla attacks across the Horn of Africa, and even across the border. The terror grouping was linked to a two thousand thirteen attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya'south capital of Nairobi in which sixty-seven people were killed, as well as an April two thousand fifteen attack on Kenya'south Garissa University, in which one hundred forty-eight people died.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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