U.S. strike targets top al-Shabaab militant

U.S. war planes carried out a strike in southern Somalia on Monday targeting a senior leader of the al-Shabaab militia, the Pentagon said, without giving any details of casualties.

Military spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the raid hit a target in Saakow, shortly after the Islamist rebel group’s intelligence chief surrendered to government and African Union forces.

Kirby did not identify the targeted militant chief by name.

“At this time, we do not assess there to be any civilian or bystander casualties,” he said.