| GEO World|
| Al-Qaeda target killed in US Somali strike|
| Updated at: 0143 PST, Tuesday, September 15, 2009|
WASHINGTON: A top Al-Qaeda operative who figures high on an FBI list of wanted terror suspects was killed in a US commando attack on a village in southern Somalia Monday, US media reported.
Different television channel quoting US officials reported that Kenyan-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed in the attack in which at least one US helicopter fired on a convoy carrying suspected Al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia.
An American official told media that a US Navy ship had been nearby to monitor the situation and provide assistance if needed.
Somali elders and witnesses said foreign military forces onboard four helicopters had staged a raid on the village Monday opening fire on a vehicle and killing people inside.
The attack was said to have occurred in the small village of Erile, around 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, shortly after 1:30 pm (1030 GMT), the sources said.
The FBI's list seeking information in the war on terror suspects says that Nabhan is wanted for the 2002 attacks on Israeli targets in Mombasa in 2002.
Sources told media his body was now in US custody.