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  • EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT: Somalis look at the bodies of five people killed during a raid in the Lower Shabelle region and then brought to the Madina hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, May 10, 2018. Somali intelligence officials say U.S. and Somali commandos seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during the deadly raid, while a local elder said five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

  • EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Somali looks at the bodies of five people killed during a raid in the Lower Shabelle region and then brought to the Madina hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Somali intelligence officials say U.S. and Somali commandos seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during the deadly raid, while a local elder said five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 11:40 am

US, Somali raid on al-Shabab seizes 3 commanders: Officials

By ABDI GULED Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) Somali intelligence officials say U.S. and Somali commandos have seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during a deadly raid in a village in Lower Shabelle region.

Five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday and several others were captured, says Moalim Ahmed Nur, a traditional elder in the village.

A Somali intelligence official says the forces targeted a key hideout and coordination center for the Somalia-based al-Shabab. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. Africa Command has not commented on the raid.