Somalia: IS deputy commander killed in airstrike

Mogadishu, Apr 15 (HS): The deputy commander of Islamic State (IS) in Somalia has been killed in an airstrike that hit a car he was travelling in with another occupant in the east of the country’s Puntland region. The slain commander has been identified as Abdihakim Dhoqob.
A regional security minister has confirmed his death. According to sources, the slain IS leader’s vehicle was hit near Hiriro village located in Puntland’s Bari region.
His terror activities were Somalia’s major security concern. The incessant terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab insurgents has also been a major concern for the establishment. IS has also upped their operations in the country but being far less deadlier than Al-Shabaab.
The two groups have routinely clashed in deadly exchanges in what analysts say is a battle for turf and supremacy. Even outside of Somalia, Al-Shabaab are known to be active in neighbouring Kenya. Their most recent attack being the abduction of Cuban doctors late last week.
The United States as part of their support for the counter-terrorism insurgency has conducted targeted airstrikes on leaders of Al-Shabaab. Their strikes have drawn criticism after it was confirmed that in some instances they have killed civilians for different reasons.
Hindusthan Samachar

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