Bold U.S. Airstrike Liberates Hostages from ISIS Stronghold in Northeastern State, Somalia Government Confirms

Mogadishu (AX) – Abdirahman Yusuf Al-Addala, Somalia’s Deputy Information Minister, revealed that a recent U.S. airstrike in Northeastern State successfully eliminated three ISIS militants and obliterated their army camps in Af Cas village, situated 80 km southeast of Bosaso town.

During an interview with VOA Somali, the Minister disclosed that the airstrike was in response to an attack conducted a week ago in the Almadow area of Northeastern State’s Bari region. He highlighted that Af Cas was a location where ISIS had taken civilians as hostages. Fortunately, multiple individuals were rescued without any harm coming to civilians during the American forces’ operation.

AFRICOM also confirmed the absence of civilian casualties and stressed the careful planning done to prevent harm to non-combatants.

“ISIS has carried out numerous attacks worldwide, including acts of terrorism in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, while simultaneously plotting against the U.S. interests, personnel, and homeland, as well as regional partners, and others internationally,” stated AFRICOM in an official release. “The security landscape in East Africa is significantly impacted by Somalia. U.S. Africa Command will persist in training, advising, and supporting partner forces in weakening ISIS,” the spokesperson articulated.

The Minister did not elaborate on Northeastern State’s involvement in the mission. Nevertheless, he emphasized that the Federal Government has the authority to carry out operations across the nation with the assistance of international partners.

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