Friday, 03 December 2021 04:08 GMT

United Nations: Daesh strongly present in Somalia


(MENAFN) Receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq, a Daesh faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland, a report by UN sanctions monitors said on Friday.

However, the faction loyal to Sheikh Abdulqader Mumin was targeted by US drone strikes last week in the first US operation targeting Daesh in the African state, according to US Africa Command.

The UN monitoring group for Somalia said in the report that the Daesh faction, which was estimated in 2016 "to number not more than a few dozen, has grown significantly in strength" and may "consist of as many as 200 fighters".

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