Somalia's Shabaab confirm leader's killing in US airstrike, name new head

MOGADISHU - Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Islamists on Saturday confirmed for the first time that their leader Ahmed Godane was killed in a US aerial bombardment earlier this week and named a new leader, warning of "distress" to their enemies.
US forces struck Godane's encampment in south-central Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions on Monday, but the Pentagon did not confirm his death until Friday, saying it was still assessing the results of the airstrike.
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