KIGALI, Rwanda 

James Tasamba

A commander of the extremist group Islamic State West African Province has been killed by a multinational African military force in an airstrike near Lake Chad, the force said Monday.

Amir Khalifa Umar, the third-ranked leader of the group, was “eliminated” in an attack on one of the insurgents’ hideouts near Lake Chad known as Tunbum Sabon, Timothy Antigha, chief of public information for the Multinational Joint Task Force, said in a statement.

Umar was killed in ongoing offensive operations against Islamic State West African Province, an offshoot of the Boko Haram terror group, and other

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