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27 Oct 2016

IS Fighters Take Control Of Red Sea Port In Somalia

Fighters believed to be members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have taken control of an ancient Red Sea port town in Somalia, the private Jowhar website reports.

Qandala lies 75km (46 miles) from the commercial port city of Bosaso, in the north-eastern region of Puntland.

Qandala district commissioner Ahmed Khurshe confirmed the fall of the town to IS to journalists, saying that some residents, including himself, had fled.

Reports suggest the fighters set up a military camp inside Qandala, which itself is a coastal town.
Puntland's regional administration is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

A year ago, a group of al-Shabab fighters in Puntland pledged allegiance to IS.

The breakaway faction is led by Abdiqadir Mumin, who the US put on a sanctions list last month because of his terrorism activities.

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