File - Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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A U.S. missile strike in southern Somalia on Sunday killed a senior al Shabaab commander who had masterminded suicide attacks by the al Qaeda-linked militant group, two Somali security officials said.One of the officials, a former Islamist militant who defected in 2009, said Amey advised Godane on the operations of al Shabaab's Amniyat 'secret service', an elite unit blamed for suicide attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.The second intelligence source said Amey became an adviser to Godane, who hails from the same Dir clan, after another of the leader's top lieutenants, known as al-Afghani, was killed last year.Both Somali intelligence officials said Amey was killed alongside his driver on Sunday.
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