Kenyan army claims to have killed 10 armed commanders along with the Intelligence chief of Al Shabab.
However Al Shabab denied the news saying Mahad Karate, a top commander who is also reponsible for the group’s internal security along with his colleagues were “safe and sound” and that the air strikes did not happen.
Thursday, Kenyan army gave a statement : “The Kenya Defence Forces, under AMISOM operations, would like to confirm that Mahad Mohammed Karate… and 10 other middle level commanders were killed in a major KDF strike in southern Somalia,”
“The killing … is a major blow to the terrorist group,” the statement said.
“The person they claimed they killed is safe and sound. None of our camps have been attacked in any way. They are telling lies to please their people after we killed their troops in El-Adde,” the group’s military operations spokesman, Abdiaziz Abu Mus’ab, told Al Jazeera.
A US Rewards for Justice wanted notice said: “Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, played a key role in the Amniyat, the wing of the Shabab responsible for assassinations and the April 2, 2015 attack on Garissa University College.”