Somali intelligence officials say U.S. and Somali commandos have seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during a deadly raid in a village in Lower Shabelle region.
Five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday and several others were captured, says Moalim Ahmed Nur, a traditional elder in the village.
A Somali intelligence official says the forces targeted a key hideout and coordination center for the Somalia-based al-Shabab. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The U.S. Africa Command has not commented.