Al Qaeda affiliate names new leader

A Somalia extremist group and affiliate of al Qaeda, al-Shabab, named Abu Ubeid Ahmed Omar as their new leader on Saturday after their previous leader was killed during a U.S. airstrike this week.

The extremist rebels unanimously chose Omar, the Associated Press reports, noting that the new leader's name is likely an assumed one.


Al Shabab also pledged its continued allegiance to al Qaeda, Site New Intelligence said, according to AP.

On Monday, a U.S. airstrike 105 miles south of Mogadishu, Somalia, where al-Shabab trains its fighters, killed the group's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane.

The White House boasted Godane's death as a blow to the terror organization.

"Godane’s removal is a major symbolic and operational loss to the largest al-Qaeda affiliate in Africa and reflects years of painstaking work by our intelligence, military and law enforcement professionals," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest in a statement.