July 1, 2013

Shabaab Confirms 2 Top Leaders were Killed in Infighting

Bill Roggio | Long War Journal | June 30, 2013 - Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, has confirmed that it killed two of its top leaders, including Ibrahim al Afghani, who was on the US's wanted list for his ties to al Qaeda. Additionally, Hassan Dahir Aweys, another top leader, has been flown to Mogadishu and is reportedly in custody.

Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed yesterday that Afghani and another senior commander known as Abul Hamid Hashi Olhayi were killed during fighting in the town of Barawe.

"We have informed their widows of their deaths, as they must now wear the clothes of mourning," Musab told AFP.

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