Al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in the capital Mogadishu in this 2009 file photo [Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP]

An American air strike killed a worker for a telecom company in Somalia, officials said, while the US military said an al-Shabab commander and his wife died in an attack.

Mohamud Haji Sirad, 55, a local manager of Hormuud, Somalia’s largest telecom company, was killed when two missiles struck his farm on the outskirts of the rebel-held town of Jilib on Monday, Somali officials said.

Both the US Africa Command and Somalia’s government said the air strike killed a member of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group. But officials at Hormuud said the attack killed their local manager in Jilib.

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