Eastern AfricaSomalia/April 16, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/134 views /Somalia Somalia: U.S. Confirms Killing the Deputy Islamic State Leader in Somaliashare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel The US military confirmed Monday that it had killed the second-ranking Islamic State leader in Somalia in an air strike. US Africa Command said that Abdulhakim Dhuqub was killed Sunday in the strike vicinity of Xiriiro in the Bari region. In the current assessment, the US military said the strike killed only Dhuqub and destroyed one vehicle. ALSO READ Burundi: Bahrain and Burundi Send New Ambassadors to Somalia“Dhuqub was responsible for the daily operations of the extremist group, attack planning, and resource procurement,” Africom said in a statement. The Islamic State group has a relatively small presence in Somalia, where Al-Shabaab fighters are more powerful and aligned with Al-Qaeda. “We continue to work with our Somali partners to keep the pressure on the Al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia terror networks,” said Africom director of operations Marine Corps Major General Gregg Olson. ALSO READ Somalia: Two Canadians Detained in Somalia, Global Affairs Says“When it supports the strategy, we use precision air strikes to target those who plan and carry out the violent extremist activities that put Somalis at risk.” In late 2018, the US military estimated that there were between 75 and 250 Islamic State fighters in Somalia, compared to 3,000 to 7,000 Shabaab fighters. 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 articleKenya Withdraws Cuban Doctors From Garissa and Wajir Countiesnext articleEthiopia Prepares for Compensation ClaimRelated 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.