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Puntland forces retake Qandala from ISIL militants

Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland troops have retaken control of the seaside city of Qandala located in Bari region from pro-Islamic state militants on Sunday after a combat.

The regional forces have launched last week an assault to drive out the ISIL-affiliated fighters from Qandala, 75Km east of Puntland’s commercial and port town of Bosaso.

In mid October, Heavily armed pro-ISIL militants led by former Al shabaab leader Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin have captured the town from Puntland army.

On Saturday, at least seven Islamic state members were killed in clashes between Puntland forces in Bashaashin village, just 50km west of Qandala town in Bari region, reports said.

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