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US strike kills Islamic State militants linked to Paris attacks

The US military said the strike took place on 4 December in Raqqa, the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria.

FILE: People are evacuated following an attack at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, on November 13, 2015. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - A US drone strike in Syria last week killed two Islamic State leaders linked to the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people as well as a third militant convicted in absentia in Belgium for a disrupted plot, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The US military said the strike took place on 4 December in Raqqa, the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria.

"They were working together to plot and facilitate attacks on Western targets at the time of the strike," Pentagon
spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

The Pentagon named two of the militants as Salah Gourmat and Sammy Djedou and said both men were involved with facilitating the 2015 machinegun and suicide bomb attacks on the Bataclan music hall, Paris bars and
restaurants, and the Stade de France football stadium.

The third man killed, Walid Hamman, was a suicide attack planner and French national who was convicted in absentia in Belgium for a plot disrupted in 2015, Davis told reporters.

The three men were killed when a drone aircraft fired on them as they were driving in a car together, Davis said.

Islamic State, which has controlled parts of Iraq and Syria in recent years, has lost territory this year to local forces in those countries supported by a US-led coalition of air strikes and advisers. Islamic State sympathisers around the world have carried out other shootings and bombings of civilians.

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