“Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a senior al-Qaeda figure in East Africa, has been killed in a gunfight at a roadblock in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say. Mr Mohammed is believed to have played a key role in the 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.’ This was the most celebrated news in the war against terror.
10 years later, Yesterday Senior police commander, Ahmed Sheikh Abdullahi was killed in a suicide bombing. Ahmed Sheikh Abdullahi also known as “Calooley” was the trigger-man that shot and killed the leader of the Al Qaeda branch in East Africa (Fazul Abdullah) on the outskirts of Mogadishu on the 11th of June 2011.
Ahmed was immediately promoted within the ranks of the police force in Somalia, following the killing of Fazul Abdullah and became a household name within the circles of Somalia’s security sector.
His assassination raises many questions, in regards to how an Al Shabaab suicide bomber could have gotten so close and within striking distance of such a high profile police commander such as Ahmed.
Ahmed Sheikh is not the first security commander this year to be assassinated as a revenge by the terror group. On February Alshabaab killed General Mohamed Nur Galal in Afrik hotel who they allegedly claimed he was involved in the killing of the late Al-Shabaab Commander Aden Ayrow who was killed in a US strike in May 2008.