Abdullahi Nadir, a co-founder and top al-Shabab member, was reportedly slain on Saturday in the Middle Jubba region of southern Somalia, according to the Somali authorities.
The director of al-religious Shabab’s indoctrination unit, Nadir, was the target of a $3 million (£2.7 million) US bounty, according to the Somali communications ministry.
Al-Shabab further stated that Ahmed Omar Diriye, alias Abu Ubaidah, who has long been rumored to be “in poor health,” could be Nadir’s successor.
Nadir was reportedly murdered by a drone attack, according to unofficial media.
The information ministry did not specify a drone strike, only that Nadir was killed in an operation by international partners and Somali security forces.
A statement on the development has not yet been made by the US Africa Command, which often strikes prominent al-Shabab militants and locations.