Al Shabaab intelligence chief killed in US drone strike

Mogadishu, Dec 30 (IANS) The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) of Somalia confirmed Tuesday the killing of Al Shabaab intelligence chief Tahlil aka Abdishakur in a US drone strike.

Abdishakur was killed in the US drone attack on Monday night at around 8 p.m. near Saakow town in the middle Juba region of Somalia, Xinhua reported citing a NISA press statement.
“Cooperation between Somali National Intelligence Agency and Americans has eliminated Al Shabaab secret service Al Amniyat chief,” the statement said.
NISA said two other people, who were the guards of Abdishakur, were also killed in the drone attack.
The US Defense Department Tuesday morning confirmed the drone attack, saying it targeted a senior Al-Shabaab figure.
NISA also dismissed in the statement the handover of wanted Al Shabaab commander Zakariye Hersi to Kenya, saying he was being held by NISA.