Top Al-Shabab Explosives Expert Killed in Somalia

Attack kills two militant leaders, two months after U.S. Navy SEALS operation fails to capture group member.

Two senior militants with the Somali Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab were killed on Monday in a military strike, possibly by a drone.

A member of the Al-Qaida-linked group, who gave his name as Abu Mohamed, said one of those killed was Al-Shabab's top explosives expert, known as Anta.

He said a drone targeted a car carrying Al-Shabab rebels in Somalia's Middle Juba region.

A Somali intelligence official in Mogadishu confirmed the attack occurred as Al-Shabab militants went to intervene in a clan dispute. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to share intelligence.

Earlier this month, United States Navy SEALS attacked a coastal Somali town to take down a Kenyan Al-Shabab member. The SEALs withdrew before capturing or killing their target.