Washington confirms killing of deputy leader of the Islamic State in Somalia

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States said on Monday it had launched an airstrike in Puntland on Sunday that killed the second man in Somalia’s Islamic state, confirming information from Somalia’s semi-autonomous authorities.

“In coordination with the Somali federal government … an air strike took place on 14 April in the outskirts of the town of Herrero in the Bari region, which resulted in the death of Abdel Hakim Doukoub, the senior official of the State Organization,” AFRICOM said in a statement. Islamic conflict in Somalia”.

“The strike took place near the village of Herreria in the area of ​​Iskushuban in the Pari region, while the commander Abdul Hakim Dukub was traveling by car,” said Abdul Samad Mohammed Jalan, security minister in Puntland, the semi-autonomous north-eastern province of Somalia.

“Until now, we have found out that we killed Dokop and destroyed a car,” Afrikom said.

Jalan said on Sunday that the target vehicle was carrying Dukub and another person, but AFRICOM did not confirm in its statement except the death of the jihadist leader.

According to witnesses, the air strike destroyed the car completely.

“We have never seen a similar attack in the region,” said local leader Musa Abdul-Wali, “there was a big explosion … people who went to the scene saw a destroyed car and human remains scattered in all directions.”

Al Shabaab is the most powerful jihadist faction in Somalia. Al Qaeda has officially joined al-Qaeda in 2012, but about 200 of its fighters have defected and have pledged to organize the Islamic state.

They are deployed in the territory of Puntland (Puntland) and the US State Department has included their leader Abdul Qadir Mumin on the list of wanted terrorists.

The United States has targeted the organization with several raids, especially in late 2017.

By late 2018, the US military estimated the organization’s fighters in Somalia to be between 75 and 250 fighters, compared to three to seven thousand al Shabaab fighters.

The al-Shabaab movement seeks to destroy the organization of the Islamic state in Somalia, and experts on Somali affairs say that the majority of the organization fighters from the clan Almajratin belonging to Abdul Qadir, who is locked in confrontations with the tribe of Saad in the context of tribal conflict on land and water resources in the region.

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