Cracks appear in IS-Somalia faction
PUNTLAND, Somalia | IS-Somalia, a faction allied with ISIS based in the Middle East, is said to have disintegrated into two other groups as the leadership feuds within the group grew increasingly wicked day by day, in this which is associated with its ailing leader who has struggled with ill health for months.
Sources in Northeastern State said the militant group has been rocked by power struggles that have left people dead. Three activists were reportedly killed on Monday as rival factions fought to control the group which is mainly based in Northeastern State.
Group leader and founder Abdulkadir Mumin suffers from diabetes, resulting in battles of succession. Mumin, a former UK-based preacher announced the formation of the ISIS Somalia faction in 2015.
The group is headquartered in the Galgala Mountains in the Bari region, but has made progress in southern Somalia. The group suffered a heavy toll in the fighting with Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu and its outskirts between 2017 and 2018.
Recently, IS-Somalia announced a war against Al-Shabaab as it tries to return after years of heavy defeats against Al-Shabaab, which controls large swathes of rural areas in central and southern Somalia, and which targets ISIS-Somalia.
The group also announced that its team had targeted Al-Shabaab during heavy fighting in Northeastern State and announced the death of one of its commanders. He vowed to attack the Al-Shabaab group in addition to reclaiming most of the territory from Al-Shabaab militants.
Although IS-Somalia is limited to parts of Northeastern State, it has carried out small to large-scale attacks in Northeastern State. Last year, the U.S. Africa Command targeted the group’s hideout in Somalia, killing dozens of fighters, including one foreigner, according to security reports.
The raid was the first to target ISIS-Somalia militants according to the US Africa Command. Al-Shabaab Commander Omar Diriye is also ill, whose health has also sparked internal fighting among Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.