US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabaab associate

2017-07-26 21:07


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mogadishu - The US military says a mission in Somalia has detained a suspected associate of the al-Shabaab extremist group who once lived in the United States.

A US Africa Command spokesperson said on Wednesday that Abdirizak Tahlil is accused of "facilitating the use of improvised explosive devices in Somalia" and is detained by Somalia's government.

The Trump administration recently approved stepped-up military efforts against al-Shabaab, which is Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group.

Spokesperson Jennifer Dyrcz says the mission that captured Tahlil was led by Somalia's military with "limited tactical advisory support" from US forces on Sunday morning.

Dyrcz says Tahlil reportedly was granted status as a lawful US permanent resident and lived in the United States between 2006 and 2009.

Read more on:    al shabaab  |  somalia  |  us  |  east africa

Inside News24

Most Read
News In Your Area
Top Lifestyle
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.