Abdullahi Nadir, known as one of the co-founders of the armed group Al-Shabab, was reportedly killed in an operation with international partners
He was the next-in-line leader of the group after Ahmed Diriye who is currently down with illness and also Al-Shabab chief prosecutor. The killing happened on Saturday according to country’s information ministry.
According to a statement,his death was like a ‘thorn removed from Somali nation’. “The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation.”it continued.
Since 2006, the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic lawal-Shabab . During the recent weeks, Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al-Qaeda-linked group while fighting alongside local self-defense groups but the group has continued to conduct deadly raids, including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people.