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Somalia: US Airstrike Kills ISIS Facilitator

Somalia: US Airstrike Kills ISIS Facilitator

Tuesday, 30 July, 2019 - 10:45
A Somali military officer runs to secure the scene of a suicide car bombing near Somalia’s presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia (File Photo: Reuters)

US Africa Command conducted, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, an airstrike targeting ISIS terrorists in the Golis Mountain region, killing a terrorist who played a key role in facilitation for the group.

The statement did not give further details of the strike.

Washington has been carrying out frequent airstrikes in Somalia in support of the UN-backed government in Mogadishu, which has been fighting the al-Shabaab movement for years.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist Shabaab movement often bombs government installations, offices and other important targets in Mogadishu.

Somali forces succeed in expelling the Somali-based group from the capital Mogadishu but still controls parts of the south and center of the country.

Meanwhile, Nigerian authorities announced a ban on a radical Shiite movement and accused them of involvement in “terrorist activities” after a series of bloody clashes between protesters and government forces at the capital, Abuja.

The decision to ban the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) came after the government secured a Supreme Court order to prohibit the group’s activity and label it as “terrorist.”

Recent violence in the country led to the death of 11 people during clashes between IMN protesters, demanding the release of their leader, and security forces.

In a televised address, Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu referred to IMN as “unlawful organization” and accused it of attacking soldiers, killing policemen and destroying public properties.

Members of the movement regularly organize protests to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaki, a pro-Iranian cleric held since 2015. Shiites are a minority in Nigeria and complain of persecution by the country's Sunni majority.

Amnesty International claims that some 350 Shiites were killed by the Nigerian army in 2015.

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