The Somalia home of Al-Shabaab leader Sheikh Moktar Ali Zubeyr was stormed by members of Seal Team Six on Saturday (Somalia time) in an early-morning raid. Also known as Ahmad Abdi Godane, Zubeyr leads the Al-Qaeda splitter group Al-Shabaab which is responsible for the Kenyan Westgate Mall attack last month.
According to reports, a U.S. Special forces team led by Seal Team Six landed by speedboat at the shoreline home of Zubeyr in an assault in which the American forces eventually decided to pull back after coming under heavy fire. An Al-Shabaab spokesman said that at least one member of his group died in the gun battle.
A U.S. official said that no members of the Navy SEAL team were killed or hurt; but the SEALs inflicted some Al-Shabaab casualties. Americans did not know if their main target was dead or alive.
Meanwhile, news of a second, simultaneous raid in Libya has led Islamic militants to threaten U.S. citizens and interests in Libya. In the U.S special forces raid on Tripoli, Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspect in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, was captured outside his house on Saturday and is now in custody aboard a US Navy ship.