militant commander, who was named Rajah Abu Khalid, a Yemen national, was reported
that he was seriously wounded with 13 other fighters and was taken to an
Alshabab medical facility in Jowhar district, 90kms from the north of Mogadishu.
Rajah Abu Khalid, succumbed in Jowhar hospital last night, he died several
hours later when he was wounded” said an Alshabab sources in conditions of anonymity.
“He was the
replacer of Abu Musab, the commander of
Alqaeda cell in Alshabab in East Africa who died in Mogadishu several months
ago” the source added.
transitional government forces confirmed the death of Rajah Abu Khalid and
called his death as a loss to Alshabab and its Alqaeda allies.
commander of government’s infantry forces told Sunatimes that they killed
several foreign fighters including the commander of Alqaeda cell in Mogadishu
who was leading the fighting in north of Mogadishu.
commander said that On Saturday they killed 13 foreign fighters, among them the
most senior of the Alqaeda armed cell in Alshabab Rajah Abu Khalid.
to confirm the names of the others and published them to the media. According
to the government the man was the most senior foreign fighter killed in Somalia
since the death of Abu Musab, his predecessor, who was killed by the government
forces in fighting.
militants and its Alqaeda ally are fighting to overthrow the transitional
government of Somalia led by President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a relatively
moderate Islamist who is backed by the international community.