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U.S. army airstrike kills 2 IS fighters in northern Somalia

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 08:43, May 24, 2019

MOGADISHU, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States military said on Thursday that it killed two Islamic State (IS) fighters in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region in an air attack on Wednesday.

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the latest strike was conducted in cooperation with Somali government targeting encampment in the Golis Mountains.

"Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike. Our process and procedures allow for additional information to inform post-strike analysis," AFRICOM said in a statement.

The Wednesday's attack was the fifth precision airstrike against IS-Somalia since April 14 in a deliberate campaign to limit and disrupt freedom of movement in the area and to eliminate leaders of the organization.

Pro-IS militants split from al-Shabab in October 2015 and later occupied Qandala, a key location in Bari Region under Puntland State Administration in northern Somalia since 2016.

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