Eastern AfricaSomalia/April 16, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/135 views /Somalia Somalia: U.S. Confirms Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader of Islamic State Militantsshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelBy Carla Babb The U.S. military confirmed Monday that it carried out an airstrike that killed the deputy leader of Islamic State militants in Somalia. U.S. Africa Command said Sunday’s airstrike near the village of Xiriiro in Somalia’s Bari region killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim. AFRICOM says Ibrahim, also known as Dhoqob, “was responsible for the daily operations of the extremist group, attack planning and resource procurement. Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, security minister of Somalia’s Puntland region, told VOA’s Somali Service that the airstrike hit the vehicle in which Dhoqob and another passenger were traveling. He said both men were killed, but the other person had not yet been identified. ALSO READ Kenya: Ex-Somali Refugee's U.S. Congress Win Sparks Debate in Former Home Kenya“The vehicle was burned,” said a witness who did not want to be named. IS Somalia is led by Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin, a former scholar for militant group 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 had appeared in videos produced by the group. Mumin himself survived another airstrike in his mountainous hideout in Bari region in November 2017. ALSO READ N. Darfur, UNAMID discuss implementation of exit strategy“Killing one of their top leaders will speed up their eradication,” Gallan said. The U.S. has carried out scores of military strikes in Somalia in recent years, mostly targeting al-Shabab. This year alone, the U.S. has carried out more than 30 airstrikes in the African country. IS has between 200 and 300 men in Somalia, according to experts. Al-Shabab and IS have recently been fighting in the eastern mountainous areas since December of last year. ALSO READ Exclusive: Lion Air Pilots Scoured Handbook in Minutes Before Crash – SourcesAl-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. Harun Maruf contributed to this report. 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 articleCorruption fight will be frontal in Buhari’s new administration – Lai Mohammed | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World Newsnext articleDisaster as lorry ploughs into Mugodhi Apostolic Sect roadside shrine, 14 killedRelated 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.