US soldier’s death mastermind killed in raid in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. military has claimed to have killed one of its soldiers’ death mastermind after an air strike carried out in Somalia.
The strike was conducted on April 19 near Jamame town, killing two al-Shabaab militants, including a mortar team leader responsible for death of Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad.
The U.S. military says it killed Abdullahi Jibiyow, who was behind a mortar attack on June 8, 2018, that killed Conrad and injured four others near Kismayo town, some 500km south of Somali capital Mogadishu.
Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the time of his death.
He had been in the Army since 2010 and served as a human intelligence collector.
Conrad was killed by enemy indirect fire while supporting Somali army and African Union troops fighting against Al Shabaab.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab militants continue to hold small rural areas in central and southern Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government