The residents of Jilib, 120 kilometer north of the port of Kismayo, said they believed it was a U.S. drone attack that killed the al-Shabab commanders travelling in a Suzuki vehicle between the towns of Jilib and Barawe, which is also suspected to be a major base of the Islamist group.
A member of the terrorist group confirmed that one of those killed was al-Shabab's top explosives expert, also known as Anta, the BBC reports.
Al-Shahab had claimed responsibility for the last month's Nairobi mall massacre which killed at least 67 people in a four-day siege.
According to the report, the attack is supposed to be a part of the U.S. efforts to capture al-Shabab commander Abdukadir Mohamed Abdukadir, also known as 'Ikrima'.
The U.S. has a large military base in Djibouti, which borders Somalia, the report added.
Al-Shabab has already been driven out of several major towns and cities in southern Somalia, but it still controls many rural areas.
--ANI (Posted on 29-10-2013)