Nairobi : The death of the leader of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels in a US air strike is a “very strong probability,” but still unconfirmed, security sources said, reports AFP.

 “There is a very strong probability that he is dead…. This requires verification on the ground, which is not simple,” said a Western security source, who asked not be identified. A senior Somali security official echoed the comment. “We believe that the Shebab leader is dead, though we don’t have his body. Most probably he is dead,” said the official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. He said he believed the Shebab were now “talking about a successor” to Ahmed Abdi Godane after late Monday’s air strike.

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