IS-linked militants abandon Somali port town

Group of 50 militants who declared loyalty to Islamic State jihadists abandon town near Qandala day after occupying it.

QANDALA – A breakaway group of around 50 Somali militants who declared loyalty to the Islamic State jihadists abandoned a small port town on Thursday a day after occupying it, residents and an official said.

“The militants left town early this morning but they are not far away,” said Abdiweli Adan, an elder in a town close to Qandala which the IS-linked group occupied on Wednesday.

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