The Obama regime said Friday that it had confirmed the death of a key Somali Muslim savage
militant leader allied with al-Qaeda who had been targeted in a U.S. airstrike earlier this week.
Ahmed Abdi Godane, a co-founder of a network blamed for its brutal tactics in Somalia and for the attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall last year, wasÂ killed Monday in an attackÂ carried out by U.S. drones and other aircraft, according to the White House and the Pentagon.
Godane took public responsibility for the Sept. 21, 2013 attack on theWestgate Mall in NairobiÂ in which Shabab gunmen killed dozens of people and held Kenyan security forces at bay for days.
Counterterrorism officials and analysts have described Godane as a particularly ruthless jihadi leader who eliminated several rivals within al-Shabab, either by killing them or forcing them to go underground.