MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Islamic State leader in Somalia, Abdulkadir Mumin, in camouflage uniforms has appeared in a new video renewing the pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Mumin, believed to be in his 70s is accompanied by a group of about 15 men appeared in the 4:45 video while speaking to his fighters amid recent reports of ill health.
Mumin, who claims to be still alive in the film, has renewed his pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
The Islamic State (IS) faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland region.
A report by UN sanctions monitors said the Islamic State has been receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq.
In February, Islamic State gunmen stormed a hotel in Bosaso, the economic capital of Puntland, leaving several people dead.
In May, the faction carried out its first suicide attack at a police checkpoint near Bosaso, killing five people.
For past months, scores of IS militants, including its deputy leader were killed in separate drone strikes carried out by the US military in mountains of Somalia’s Puntland region.
However, the UN report raised concerns that the Bari region in Somalia could become a potential haven for IS foreign fighters as the extremists are driven out of their strongholds in Syria and Iraq.