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U.S. airstrikes goal ISIS fighters in Somalia for first time

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. army for the primary time has carried out two airstrikes in opposition to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters in Somalia, the place the group is a rising presence in a rustic lengthy threatened by the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.

The U.S. Africa Command mentioned the 2 drone strikes killed “a number of terrorists” in northeastern Somalia, with the primary round midnight native time and the second later Friday morning. The U.S. mentioned the strikes have been carried out in coordination with Somalia’s authorities. 

Native officers confirmed the strikes. At the very least six missiles struck in Buqa, a distant mountainous village roughly 37 miles north of Qandala city within the northern state of Puntland, a Somali safety official informed The Related Press. 

The airstrike could have focused high leaders of the group, the official mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not approved to talk to the media. 

The mayor of Qandala, Jama Mohamed, mentioned the strikes despatched terrified nomadic villagers and their animals fleeing. 

The U.S. army this yr has carried out properly over a dozen drone strikes in opposition to al-Shabab extremists after the Trump administration authorised expanded efforts in opposition to the group. Al-Shabab has been blamed for finishing up Somalia’s deadliest assault final month, an enormous truck bombing within the capital, Mogadishu, that killed greater than 350 individuals. Somalia’s president has vowed a “state of struggle,” with neighbors sending in hundreds of troops to assist the native army and an African Union pressure. 

However ISIS-linked fighters who’ve break up from the Somalia-based al-Shabab pose a rising risk in Puntland. 

In Might, ISIS claimed accountability for a lethal bombing in Puntland — mentioned to be the primary time the extremist group had claimed an assault within the Horn of Africa nation. Police mentioned a suicide bomber detonated at a army checkpoint within the business hub of Bossaso, killing at the very least 4 individuals. 

A report by United Nations consultants monitoring sanctions in opposition to ISIS famous in a report circulated in August the “terrorist risk” posed by its associates in Puntland. 

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