Unclear if Kenyan airstrike killed al-Shabab spy chief

 Unclear if Kenyan airstrike killed al-Shabab spy chief.  NAIROBI, Kenya,  Al-Shabab has denied a Kenyan army statement that the militant group’s spy chief was killed in an airstrike earlier this month in southern Somalia.

Unclear if Kenyan airstrike killed al-Shabab spy chief
Unclear if Kenyan airstrike killed al-Shabab spy chief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military spokesman David Obonyo on Thursday announced the death of Mohammed Karatey — also known as Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame and Mahad Karate — and 10 other members of the Islamist group in an airstrike Feb. 8

The Kenyan army identified Karatey as a key player in the Amnyiat, a group within al-Shabab, which itself a branch of al-Qaida, responsible for the deaths of 147 people in an April 2015 attack on Kenya’s Garissa University.

He was also allegedly involved in an attack on a Kenyan military post in Somalia in January, in which, al-Shabab said, 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed. Kenyaacknowledged the battle but did not give casualty figures, and has since launched airstrikes against al-Shabab positions in Somalia.

The U.S. State Department had offered up to $5 million for “information that brings [Karatey] to justice.”

A pro-al-Shabab website reported the Kenyan army’s story is untrue, that there was no airstrike and Karate remains alive.

By Ed Adamczyk

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