Pro-Islamic State militants have seized their first big town in the Puntland region of Somalia, officials and residents told VOA.
The militants moved into the Red Sea town of Qandala, 90 miles east of Bosaso, in the early hours of Wednesday without any confrontations.
Officials from the Puntland administration have left the town. The chairman of the town, Jama Mohamed Mumin, confirmed to VOA's Somali Service that the town was seized by “Daesh.”
A resident in the town told VOA Somali that about 60 militants entered the town and hoisted their flag on top of the police station and another historical building.
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