Eastern AfricaSomalia/April 16, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/147 views /Somalia Somalia: Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader of Islamic State in Somaliashare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelBy Harun Maruf The deputy leader of the Islamic State group in Somalia has been killed in an airstrike, a Somali regional minister told VOA. Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, security Minister of the Puntland region, told VOA Somali the airstrike that killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, known as Dhoqob, took place Sunday between the villages of Hol Anod and Hiriro. Gallan said the strike hit the vehicle Dhoqob and another passenger were travelling in. He said both men were killed but the other person has not yet been identified. ALSO READ Somalia: U.S. Acknowledges Civilian Deaths in Drone Strike“The vehicle was burned,” said a witness who didn’t want to be named. IS Somalia is led by Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin, a former scholar for al-Shabab. In October 2015 he defected from the group and pledged his allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Dhoqob was Mumin’s right-hand-man and has appeared in videos produced by the group. Mumin himself survived another airstrike in his mountainous hideout in Bari region in November 2017. ALSO READ Eritrea: Senior Eritrean Delegation On Working Visit to Somaliland “Killing one of their top leaders will speed up their eradication,” Gallan said. Puntland officials have not commented on who carried out the attack but the U.S. military in Africa has been conducting relentless strikes against militants in Somalia. This year alone, U.S. has carried out more than 30 airstrikes, all of them against al-Shabab. ALSO READ U.S. activists call for international measures to prevent capital flight from SudanIS has 200-300 men in Somalia according to experts. Al-Shabab and IS have recently been fighting in the eastern mountainous areas since December last year. Al-Shabab has vowed to eliminate its rival IS, accusing it of “dividing the jihadists.” Security officials told VOA Somali that IS has lost some of its territory to al-Shabab.Fadumo Yasin contributed to this report from Bosaso in Puntland. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Somalia share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleShock after Kenyan woman who filed for divorce didn’t deny her husband’s accusation of having slept with 35 men during their 4 year marriagenext articlePICS: Warriors’ star Khama Billiat’s US$165 000 wrist watch causes stirRelated Posts436 shares Eastern Africa/April 19, 2019 /No Comment Somalia: Cabinet Minister Loses Five Family Members in Cold Blood449 shares Eastern Africa/April 19, 2019 /No Comment Somalia: Brace for Longer Drought, Experts WarnSouth Africa: Why a High Court Dismissed Somali Claims for AsylumBurundi: Bahrain and Burundi Send New Ambassadors to SomaliaSomalia: IGAD Warns Against Food Insecurity in the CountrySomalia: Somaliland Leader Muse Bihi Abdi Leaves for UAESomalia: First ICT Strategy and Policy Guideline On the OffingSomalia: UK Works With Somali Forces to Respond to Sexual Violence in ConflictSomalia: Four Killed, 5 Injured in Mogadishu Car Bombing – PoliceSomalia: Seven Wounded in a Car Bomb Blast in Khartoum Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.