by Nizar Manek
An Islamic State faction in Somalia’s Puntland region numbers a maximum of 300 fighters and doesn’t pose a serious threat after its militants were driven out of a port town last year, President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said.
The Islamist fighters are “scattered in the mountains” after being “kicked out” of Qandala by security forces in early December, Puntland’s leader said Tuesday in an interview in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The numbers of militants “vary from 100 to 200 to 300 — they’re not a threat to us,” Ali said.
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Security and Risk Report 29/03/23
MAST’s security report issue 366 is available to read now. In the Gulf of Guinea, a merchant ship has been boarded by armed men and