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article imageU.S. Navy Seals launch raid against Shabab leader in Somalia

By Sami Zaatari     Oct 5, 2013 in World
U.S. Navy Seals launched a pre-dawn raid in the Somali town of Baraawe, with the operation targeting a senior leader within the al-Shabab militant organisation.
U.S. officials had initially reported capturing the leader in the raid, but have backtracked since then, with unconfirmed reports of the wanted leader being killed in a firefight.
According to U.S. officials, the operation was planned a week ago in response to the Westgate attack carried out by al-Shabab, with the Somali government also being informed of the raid beforehand.
The Navy Seals had approached the coastal town by sea before engaging in a firefight that lasted for over an hour, with air support being called in.
Al-Shabab had accused Turkish and British forces for being responsible for the raid, speaking to Al-Jazeera, the group's spokesman said that "white western forces" had attacked a house on the beach, before being repelled back.
The spokesman said that one militant belonging to the group was killed, and also claimed to have killed one British operative involved in the raid, as well as wounding 4 others.
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