US says 13 suspected Daesh members killed in Somalia airstrike

NAIROBI, US forces in Africa launched an airstrike against the Daesh group in Somalia, killing 13 suspected militants, a military statement said.

The strike was carried out in the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, where three militants were killed in April.

At this time, it is assessed the airstrike on May 8 killed thirteen

terrorists. Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a

result of this airstrike, said a statement from the US Africa Command, or

Africom.

Daesh has a relatively small presence in Somalia compared to

the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab.

But Daesh has been particularly active in the northern Puntland region,

establishing training camps and depots for weapons coming mainly from nearby Yemen.

Shabaab, by far the largest radical group in Somalia,

officially integrated into Al-Qaeda in 2012. But a small number of its

members � around 200 � defected to Daesh group.

That group, based in semi-autonomous Puntland, is led by Abdulqadir Mumin, who in August 2016 was placed by the US State Department on a list of international terrorists.

Daesh in Somalia has been the target of previous airstrikes.

Africa Command said an April 14 strike in Somalia killed Daesh’s second in

command there, Abdulhakim Dhuqub, who was in charge of the group’s attack planning and daily operations.

As of late 2018, Africom put the number of Daesh fighters in Somalia at

between 75 and 250 � compared to the estimated 3,000 to 7,000 Shabaab

members.

Source: NAM News Network