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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An early morning raid by Navy SEALs targeted one of the senior leaders of al-Shabab.

The strike comes two weeks after al-Shabab militants attacked a mall in Kenya. The Defense Department not yet said if the leader was captured alive.

The FBI says more than two dozen young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities have been lured to terror training camps overseas. Abdi Bihi of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center says Saturday’s raid is a good thing for families living in the state.

“We’ve been pushing the international community and the U.S. government to take military action because as long as Al-Shabab continues to have bases in Somalia, the threat to us and to the region will always be there,” Bihi said.

Also on Saturday, the U.S. military captured al-Qaida leader Abu Anas el-Liby in Libya. He’s linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings, and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $5 million bounty for information leading to his arrest.

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