Air strike kills ISIS Somalias number two, says minister

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An air strike has killed ISIS extremist groups second in command in Somalia, the security minister in the northwest region of Puntland announced Sunday.

“The air strike occurred near Hiririo village in the Iskushuban district of Bari region this afternoon where the commander Abdihakim Dhoqob and a suspected colleague had been travelling in a car,” Abdisamed Mohamed Galan said.

Speaking from the port of Bokasso, Galan did not say who had launched the strike.

ISIS in Somalia is far outnumbered by a rival extremist group, the al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al-Qaeda.

The United States said Wednesday that it had resumed air strikes against al-Shabaab and has previously targeted both groups.

Muse Abdiweli, an elder in a nearby village, confirmed the attack.

“There was a heavy blast and several smaller blasts and people who went to the scene of the attack later saw a vehicle completely destroyed with human body parts shattered in pieces,” he said.

Amnesty International has criticized US drone attacks and air strikes in Somalia, last month reporting that 14 civilians had been killed from onRead More – Source

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