US media says al-Qaeda leader captured in Libya

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 10:50:13 by

Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. military were involved in an operation in Somalia against the al-Shabaab, which is responsible for the recent deadly attack at a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.



Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement that he can confirm that U.S. military personnel were involved in the overnight operation against a known al-Shabaab on Friday. He did not reveal further details, including the name of the targeted the militants.


U.S. media earlier quoted a senior U.S. official as reporting that a team of U.S. Navy SEALs took part in the al-Shabaab raid in Somalia, where that the group is based.


The U.S. troops had to withdraw before they could confirm whether the target was killed as they came under fire, but no SEALs were thought to be killed in the operation, said the official.


Somalia state radio and local residents said Saturday that unidentified foreign forces attacked a house in the al-Shabaab-controlled southern Somalia town of Barawe in an overnight raid.


The attack was launched from the sea at a house protected by al-Shabaab fighters and the battle lasted for more than an hour, according to residents of Barawe in Lower Shabelle region.


Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida linked Somali militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate shopping mall on Sept. 21, which killed over 70 people.


U.S. media also reported that U.S. military forces launched another operation Saturday in Libya’s capital Tripoli and captured Abu Anas al Libi, an al-Qaida leader tied to the bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya on Aug. 7, 1998.


The operation was conducted with the knowledge of the Libyan government, a U.S. official was quoted by U.S. media as saying. No further details were disclosed.


So far, the U.S. government has not confirmed the report of the alleged U.S. military operation in Libya.

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