The US military has completed air strikes in Somalia, supposedly focusing on the pioneer of activist gathering al-Shabab.
It is not clear if Ahmed Abdi Godane was hit in the strikes about 240km (150 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu.
One inhabitant told the BBC he had seen the worn out stays of four vehicles. US authorities say they will discharge further points of interest later.
The al-Qaeda-connected gathering controls numerous regions of southern and focal Somalia.
The US has completed a few air strikes in Somalia as of late.
African pioneers are gathering in Kenya on Tuesday to talk about the danger postured by al-Shabab and other Islamist activist gatherings, for example, Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Al-Shabab has not yet remarked on the assault.
A US authority cited by the American media said “a senior al-Shabab agent” had been focused on yet did not name him.
“We are surveying the aftereffects of the operation and will give extra data as and when fitting,” Pentagon representative John F Kirby said in an announcement.
The legislative head of southern Somalia’s Lower Shabelle locale said: “The Americans did a real air strike focusing on a get-together by senior al-Shabab authorities, including their pioneer Abu-Zubayr [a nom de guerre for Ahmed Abdi Godane].”
Inhabitants of Hawai town, approximately 240km (150 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, say they heard three uproarious blasts and after that saw thick dark smoke climbing.
One inhabitant told the BBC he had seen the worn out stays of an auto and three trucks however he was not ready to check whether there were any bodies inside.
The 22,000-in number African Union energy says it has taken a few towns from al-Shabab lately.
The 22,000-part AU drive in Somalia is pushing al-Shabab into provincial range in the south of Somalia
Regular folks who had left the town of Bulomarer when it was held by al-Shabab activists, return after the town’s catch by African Union (AU) and Somali government troopers (1 September 2014) Civilians could come back to the town of Bulomarer on Monday after al-Shabab aggressors were constrained out by African Union and Somali warriors
An annihilated auto after an assault by suspected aggressors at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu (31 August 2014) Al-Shabab activists on Sunday unsuccessfully attempted to free different radicals held in a Mogadishu detainment focus
The American activity comes after al-Shabab revolutionaries assaulted a confinement focus in Mogadishu on Sunday, in an evident exertion to free different activists kept there.
Somali authorities said the greater part of the aggressors, and in addition three administration troopers and two regular folks, were slaughtered.
The Pentagon and the US state office have underpinned the AU drive that has driven al-Shabab from their previous fortresses in the capital and some other urban focuses since 2011.
The activists keep on doing bombings and deaths in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab warriors need to topple the globally backed Somali government and often assault government focuses and in addition neighboring nations that give troops to the AU energy.
The gathering said it did a year ago’s assault on the Westgate shopping center in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in which no less than 67 individuals were murdered.