US drone strike in Somalia kills Britain-linked al-Qaeda agent

Al Qaeda just lost another senior leader...this one is going to sting a little.


A US drone strike killed one of the most senior al-Qaeda agents in Somalia, a Lebanese jihadist who grew up in Britain and who was believed to have helped plan the World Cup bombings in Kampala, it was confirmed on Sunday.....

Bilaal al-Barjawi, who reportedly lived in West London until moving to East Africa seven years ago, died when three American-launched missiles hit his convoy of vehicles as they drove south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital.

He had been fighting alongside Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamists since 2006 and was previously al-Qaeda's head of intelligence in Kenya, authorities said.

He was seen as second-in-command to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who directed al-Qaeda's bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Al-Barjawi reportedly worked for a West London refrigeration and air-conditioning company before moving to East Africa. The Foreign Office denied reports that he was a British national.

Al-Shabaab celebrated his death in a statement on a jihadist website, using his alias Abu Hafsa.

Posted by: Newbie at 01:56 PM


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