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U.S. airstrike kills ISIS fighter in northern Somalia

US military has killed an ISIS fighter in an airstrike in northern Somalia.

In a statement on Sunday, the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said its military conducted bombardment against ISIS fighters.

The airstrike took place on Saturday in Golis mountains of Puntland state.

Africom said the latest attack was carried out in cooperation with the Somali government.

The statement stated that the targeted operative in the attack played a key role in facilitation for the group.

“Airstrikes like these remain an effective tool in the counter-terrorist campaign against ISIS and al-Shabab,” William West, Africom deputy director of operations, said in a statement.

“The Federal Government of Somalia and the U.S. will continue to disrupt terror organization operations and degrade their capabilities whenever possible,” said West.

According to Africom, the Golis Mountains are a known area for terrorist activity, noting that strikes such as these support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somali people from terrorism and support long-term security in the region.

“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,” it said.

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