Al-Shabaab Leader Linked to al-Qaeda Dies in Southern Somalia
A senior leader of al-Shabaab accused by the United Nations Security Council of having links to al-Qaeda has died, the militant group said.
Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki died Wednesday at the age of 73 in the southern Somali town of Hargeysa Yarey, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rageh, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group, said in a statement Thursday on the pro-al-Shabaab Radio Andalus monitored in the capital, Mogadishu.
Al-Turki met former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, twice in Afghanistan and once in Sudan, Rageh said. The UN listed al-Turki in 2004 for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating” in acts of violence.
The United States first sanctioned him in 2004 for alleged links to terror attacks and association with al Qaeda. The U.N. Security Council said Turki played a role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
KON + Agencies
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