A U.S. attack on a house in central Somalia killed at least 10 people, including the military leader of an Islamic militant group with close ties to al Qaeda, sources in the town said.
The strike targeted Adan Hashi Ayrow, the military commander of al-Shaabab, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, a U.S. official and a spokesman for the group said.
Although U.S. officials were assessing whether Ayrow was killed, al-Shaabab spokesman Mukhtar Robow said Ayrow was killed in the strike along with Sheikh Muhudiin Moalin Omar, a high-ranking member of the militia.
Another U.S. official said the U.S. had been monitoring Ayrow for some time. Ayrow, who is believed to have fought against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, survived a U.S. airstrike in January 2007.
“Al-Shaabab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of individuals affiliated with al QaedaÂ the State Department Web site states. “Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al Qaeda in Afghanistan.”
Bye, bye Ayrow.Â Enjoy your virgins.
Osama, take note.Â Â We don’t forget nor give up.Â Keep cowering in your cave.