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Somali Militant Killed in Drone Attack

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Afgoye and Mogadishu, Somalia

Afgoye and Mogadishu, Somalia

A commander of the Somali rebel group al-Shabab says a U.S. drone strike has killed one of the group's senior leaders.

Ahmed Abdulkadir Abdullahi, known as "Iskudhuuq," was killed when his car was hit by a missile in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.

Rebel sources told VOA's Somali service that the victim was a senior aide to al-Shabab's top leader and was recently appointed head of al-Shabab's health department. His driver also was killed in the attack.

Last October, a U.S. military drone strike hit a vehicle carrying senior members of the al-Qaida-linked group, killing its top explosives expert.