WASHINGTON (AP) — Several U.S. officials say a U.S. drone strike in Somalia has killed a key leader of the al-Shabab militant group who was involved in two attacks in Mogadishu more than a year ago, killing Americans.
The officials say that Hassan Ali Dhoore and two others were killed in the strike Thursday about 20 miles south of Jilib. The officials say he helped facilitate a deadly Christmas Day 2014 attack at the airport and a March 2015 attack at the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel, both in Mogadishu. U.S. citizens were among those killed in the two attacks, the officials said.
Al-Shabab is linked to al-Qaida.
The U.S. officials were not authorized to discuss the drone strike publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.