US airstrike kills suspected ISIS coordinator in Somalia

The United States carries out regular airstrikes in Somalia in support of a weak, United Nations-backed government. (File photo: Reuters)

A US airstrike killed a facilitator for an ISIS-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military's Africa Command said on Sunday.

There were no further details given about Saturday's hit in the northern Golis mountain region.

Somalia's main extremist insurgency, al-Shabaab, has sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda and has frequently fought with a splinter militia in the north that has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

The United States carries out regular airstrikes in Somalia in support of a weak, United Nations-backed government in Mogadishu, which has fought al-Shabaab for years.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00
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