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Al-Shabaab leader dies of heart attack during government pursuit

Sunday May 21, 2023


Dhusamareb (HOL) - The Somali government has confirmed the death of Mahad Agadub, a high-ranking leader of Al-Shabaab.

Agadub met his demise after being pursued by government forces near Galcad, a district within the Galgaduud region. Authorities also successfully detained two of Agadub's bodyguards during the operation. Two other fighters were also arrested.

According to a government press release, Agadub, who led Al-Shabaab and oversaw security in several areas of the Galgaduud region, experienced a heart attack while trying to escape the advancing government forces near Galcad.

Government sources state that Agadub, who led Al-Shabaab's extortion network in districts including Meehan, Towfiq, Ali Afrax, Bud Bud, and El Raydab, was apprehended during an operation by government forces in the Towfiq area, roughly 15 km north of Galcad.

Al-Shabaab fighters launched a counter-offensive against the military unit responsible for capturing Agadub. Despite his effort to flee, a wounded Agadub succumbed and died after a 3 km run due to a cardiac arrest.


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