A small faction of ex-Al-Shabab militants pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015.
BY CONOR GAFFEY
Fighters aligned with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) took control of a small town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region Wednesday.
The militants took over the port town of Qandala following a brief battle with local security forces. Qandala lies close to the eastern tip of the Horn of Africa and is around 50 miles east of Bosaso, one of Somalia’s major cities, though it is separated by a mountain range. It also lies across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, where ISIS has previously claimed attacks.
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