The U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a pre-dawn raid in Somalia on Saturday, where they took out a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, an anonymous U.S. official said. Al-Shabab are the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the Kenyan mall siege on Sept. 21 that killed at least 67 people.
The SEALs are believed to have killed members of the al-Shabab stationed in the Somali town of Baraawe, before being forced to withdraw. The Twitter-savvy Al-Shabab confirmed that one of its fighters had been killed in the raid. No American casualties have been reported. No word on who the al-Shabab leader was, but the attack was the biggest strike on Somali militants since the raid that took down senior al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in 2009.
The raid included helicopters and lasted for more than an hour. According to a senior Somali government official, the Somali government was pre-informed about the attack.