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Key ISIS facilitator killed by US airstrike in Somalia

According to AFP, a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel in the port town of Kismayo on Friday before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting indiscriminately/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 29 – The United States forces in Somalia have continued to launch more airstrikes in the lawless country to restore order after increased attacks from Al Shabaab militants in recent weeks.

The latest airstrike at the weekend targeted ISIS terrorists in the Golis Mountain region, killing one of their key facilitators, according to the US Africa Command.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William West, who is also the deputy director of operations U.S. Africa Command, said airstrikes remain an effective tool in the counter-terrorist campaign against ISIS and Al-Shabab terror groups.

“The Federal Government of Somalia and the United States will continue to disrupt terror organization operations and degrade their capabilities whenever possible,” he said in a statement.

In collaboration with Somalia forces and the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the US has committed to continue with campaign, to degrade the terror group’s capabilities even further.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are part of AMISOM forces hoping to restore order in Somalia, after a decade of instability.

“In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM, and Somali National Army forces,” he said.

In recent weeks, dozens of people—including Kenya, Americans and Britons have been killed in attacks targeting hotels and government installations in Somalia.

Somalia’s instability continues to be felt far and wide within the region, with Kenya suffering the most.

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While the intensity of attacks originating from Al-Shabaab have drastically reduced, they continue to launch pockets of fatal assault in Kenya.

The largest attacks was In April 2015, when gunmen stormed the Garissa University College, killing almost 150 people and wounding several others- majority were students.

The latest was in January 15 this year when four gunmen attacked the DusitD2 complex at 14 Riverside Drive junction killing at least 21 people, while more than 700 others were safely evacuated by the security forces.

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