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The US military says a senior Al-Shabaab leader behind the deadly January 5 attack on the Manda Bay base in Lamu, was killed in precision airstrikes, along with his wife.

The only strike reported by the US military February 22 occurred in the vicinity of Saakow, an Al-Shabaab stronghold in the Middle Juba region.

The military said the targeted individuals were identified as members of Al-Shabaab. The statement did not name the senior Al-Shabaab leader killed in the strike, but it says he was in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations along the Kenya border region, including the Manda Bay attack.

The statement said the senior leader’s wife also was a witting and active member of Al-Shabaab responsible for facilitating a wide range of terrorist activities.

Three Americans, including a soldier and two contractors, were killed in the January 5 attack when the Manda Bay base was breached by the militants, who also destroyed six aircraft.

“Since Jan. 5, U.S. Africa Command and our partners have pursued those responsible for the attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces at Manda Bay,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command.


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