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Al-Shabaab leader wanted by U.S dies in Somalia


SomaNet News Archive

(By Estera Popowska)

Sheikh Hassan Turki (also known as Hassan Abillahi Hersi Turki), an Al-Shabaab leader wanted by the United States has died in Somalia, the Somali-based militant group announced Thursday according to CNN.

A radio channel for Al-Shabaab reportedly carried a message that Sheikh Hassan died Wednesday without mentioning the circumstances of his death.

CNN says the Al-Shabaab leader was believed to be in his 70s and had transitioned from being a military leader into a spiritual figurehead after falling ill.The United States reportedly first sanctioned him in 2004 for alleged links to terror attacks and association with al Qaeda.

The U.N. Security Council reportedly said Turki played a role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.