Today from Hiiraan Online:
Unclear if Kenyan airstrike killed al-Shabab spy chief
Saturday February 20, 2016
Al-Shabab has denied a Kenyan army statement that the militant group's spy chief was killed in an airstrike earlier this month in southern Somalia.
Military spokesman David Obonyo on Thursday announced the death of Mohammed Karatey -- also known as Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame and Mahad Karate -- and 10 other members of the Islamist group in an airstrike Feb. 8
The Kenyan army identified Karatey as a key player in the Amnyiat, a group within al-Shabab, which itself a branch of al-Qaida, responsible for the deaths of 147 people in an April 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University.
He was also allegedly involved in an attack on a Kenyan military post in Somalia in January, in which, al-Shabab said, 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed. Kenya acknowledged the battle but did not give casualty figures, and has since launched airstrikes against al-Shabab positions in Somalia.
The U.S. State Department had offered up to $5 million for "information that brings [Karatey] to justice."
A pro-al-Shabab website reported the Kenyan army's story is untrue, that there was no airstrike and Karate remains alive.
U.S. Expands Restrictions on Visa-Waiver Program for Visitors
- NY Times
Uganda's Museveni wins 61pc of votes with 83pc counted
Malindi KDF soldier slain in El Adde buried
- The Star
Somalia’s U-11 team return to ‘hero’ welcome after impressive performance
Hiiraan, Middle Shabelle state formation talks hit snag over power sharing
KDF kills 20 Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia
Canada: Ukraine, Syria and Somalia on Dion’s agenda as he travels to Germany and Turkey
Al Shabaab bomb expert among 20 militants killed by KDF, 16 AK 47 rifles found
- The Star
In new book, U of M professor captures stories of Somali diaspora
- Minn Post
All Rights Reserved Copyright. © 1999-2022, www.hiiraan.com