Suspected Somali IS co-ordinator dies in air strike


A US air strike killed a facilitator for an Islamic State-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military’s Africa Command said.

There were no further details given about Saturday’s hit in the northern Golis mountain region.

Somalia’s main Islamic insurgency, al Shabaab, has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda and frequently fights with a splinter militia in the north that pledged allegiance to IS.

The United States carries out regular air strikes in Somalia in support of a United Nations-backed government in Mogadishu, which fought al Shabaab for years.