Shabaab claims this is the first time the organization has grabbed territory in Somaliland.
In addition to the prison break, JNIM also claimed two other recent attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Amadou Kouffa, the leader of JNIM’s Katibat Macina, has been designated as a global terrorist by the US State Department.
Abu Abdul Rahman al Sanhaji’s death, if confirmed, follows the death of several other high-profile JNIM leaders over the past two years.
Friday’s assault marks the Islamic State’s deadliest attack in Mali to date.
Yesterday’s tweets were the first sign of life for the group in over four years.
For the first time in five years, the jihadist group has claimed an attack in its native Iraq.
The photo marks the first sign of life for the group since 2017 and the first official publication since 2015.