Militants Al-Shabaab name new leader after Godane killing

Sheikh Abii Ubeyda Ahmad Omar has been named as Somalian militant group Al-Shabaab's new leader.

The terror organisation announced the decision after confirming the killing of Ahmed Godane by US airstrikes.

Officials at the Pentagon called Godane's death a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organisation.

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Al-Shabaab leader targeted in US air strike in Somalia

A leader of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked militants Ahmed Abdi Godane was the target of an US air strike in Somalia, an US official said.

It is not clear whether the Al-Shabaab leader was hit in the strike, the official added.

Six militants were killed in the attack on two vehicles that were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, Al-Shabab's main base.

Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global al Qaeda player - a transformation that was highlighted when it killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall last September.

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