UPDATE: Director of CIA operations in East Africa severely wounded in Martyrdom operation
The Mujahideen yesterday carried out a Martyrdom operation targeting a convoy of African Crusaders that was escorting senior US intelligence officials from the airport. The main target of the operation, HSM intelligence department has confirmed, was Gary Schroen, director of CIA operations in East Africa and who was severely wounded in the attack.
Schroen has a long history of waging war against the Mujahideen; he worked as a field officer in Afghanistan and Pakistan before being deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, where he was in charge of coordinating and directing all CIA operations in East Africa, with a particular focus on Somalia. From their office in Mogadishu, Schroen’s unit employed dozens of operatives, conducted surveillance operations and provided intelligence to the African Crusaders.
Schroen was on the radar of the Mujahideen intelligence teams ever since his deployment last year, after his predecessor was also severely wounded in an operation carried out by the Mujahideen in December 2012. The Mujahideen have since then spared no effort to track him down during his stay in Mogadishu and travels to and from Nairobi.
The Martyrdom operation took place shortly after Schroen and his entourage left the airport under heavy security, travelling in a Ugandan convoy of armored personnel carriers. The results of the operation are as follows:
- Four senior Ugandan officers, including the deputy commander of UPDF forces in Somalia, were killed in the attack.
- One of Schroen’s security staff, a US intelligence official, was also killed.
- Three US officials, including Schroen, and one Ugandan officer were seriously wounded.
We ask Allah to accept our brother who carried out this operation and grant him the highest levels of Jannah. On their part, the Mujahideen have renewed their resolve to hunt down all US intelligence teams in Somalia and will continue to send wave upon wave of Martyrdom seekers until the Crusaders and their allies are completely vanquished and the Law off Allah prevails over the land
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen