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Ukraine says detains senior Islamic State militant

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By Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) said on Friday it had detained a senior Islamic State militant, Al Bara Shishani, who illegally came to Ukraine in 2018.

SBU said the detained person is a Georgian citizen and was a deputy of Abu Omar al-Shishani, whom the Pentagon described as Islamic State’s “minister of war”.

“A portrait examination has proved that the detained foreigner is indeed a wanted leader of the Islamic State,” the SBU said in a statement.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Matthias Williams and David Clarke)