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The U.S. military launched an airstrike against the world leader of ISIS in Somalia late last month but cannot confirm whether he was killed, NBC News reported, citing three U.S. officials.

 The U.S. government has publicly identified Abdulkadir Mumin as the head of ISIS' Somalia branch, but two U.S. officials say he quietly became the terror group's world leader last year.

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The U.S. Africa Command issued a statement on May 31 saying it conducted an airstrike against ISIL militants in a remote area 81 kilometers southeast of Bossaso, Somalia, and killed three militants. However, the African Command statement did not say who the US strikes targeted or who was killed.

Three U.S. officials now say Mumin was the target of the operation, although they have no confirmation of his death. A senior U.S. administration official confirmed that the U.S. did strike a high-ranking ISIL target in Somalia, but declined to name the man and said the U.S. was still working to verify the results.

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