MOGADISHU, Somalia — A commander of Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, confirms that the leader of the terror group was killed in a U.S. airstrike.
Abu Mohammed said Saturday the militants were meeting at an undisclosed location to pick the successor to Ahmed Abdi Godane.
Godane and other al-Shabab officials were killed when a U.S. airstrike hit two cars in southern Somalia on Monday.
A senior Somali intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said Zakariya Ismael who has a $3 million bounty on his head, is one of the candidates to succeed Godane.
Godane had publicly claimed al-Shabab was responsible for the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabab is an Islamic extremist group aligned with al-Qaida.