U.S. behind attack on militant in Somalia-US sources

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Helicopter-borne U.S. special forces attacked a car in southern Somalia on Monday and killed one of the region’s most wanted militants, U.S. sources familiar with the operation said. Kenya-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, 28, was wanted over a hotel bombing and a botched missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Kenya’s Mombasa airport in 2002. The U.S. sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States believed that Nabhan was killed in the attack and that his body had been taken into U.S. custody. At least one U.S. helicopter was involved in the operation, the sources said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman declined to comment “on any alleged operation in Somalia.” (Reporting by Adam Entous; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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