U.S., Somali Raid on Al-Shabab Seizes 3 Commanders

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) —

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.

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