HASSAN DHOORE, AL-SHABAB KEY FIGURE, KILLED
An USA UAV strike in Somalia, on Thursday 03/31/2016, has targeted a key leader of the al-Shabab militant group Hassan Ali Dhoore who was involved in two attacks in Mogadishu more than a year ago, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement said on Friday 04/01/2016. Several U.S. officials said he and two others were killed.
Other U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the operation, said it occurred about 20 miles south of Jilib in southern Somalia not far from the Kenya border, killing Hassan Ali Dhoore and two others.
Peter Cook said Hassan Ali Dhoore helped facilitate a deadly Christmas Day 2014 attack at Mogadishu International Airport and a March 2015 attack at the Maka al-Mukarramah Hotel. U.S. citizens were among those killed in the two attacks, he said.
One senior official also said that Dhoore was believed to be involved in plotting more attacks that would have targeted U.S. citizens.
Cook said Dhoore, who was also a member of Al Qaeda, worked for al-Shabab’s security and intelligence wing.
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