US Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that the July 30 “kinetic strike” killed a Shabaab commander who led forces and conducted attacks in Mogadishu and the Banadir regions in southern Somalia for al Qaeda’s arm in East Africa.
Ali Muhammad Hussein, who is also known as Ali Jabal, was killed in the operation that took place near Tortoroow in southern Somalia. AFRICOM acknowledged the strike on July 31 and said that one Shabaab operative was killed, but could not confirm his identity. No civilians were killed in the attack, AFRICOM said.
AFRCOM described Jabal “a senior al-Shabaab terrorist” who “was responsible for leading al-Shabaab forces operating in the Mogadishu and Banadir regions in planning and executing attacks against the capital of Mogadishu.”