Islamic State kills and wounds in Puntland


Islamic State fighters killed a civilian, injured another and a police colonel in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, police said.

Police captain Abdifatah Ali told Reuters the colonel was walking to the police station in Bosasso when gunmen opened fire and suspected Islamic fighters in Qandala claimed responsibility.
“There is a thorough inspection in the town and we shall eliminate them,” Ali said.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its website.

On Monday, a policeman shot dead the chief of security at an airport in Puntland.

Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991, but Puntland has been spared most of the violence. It has a dispute with the neighbouring semi-autonomous region of Galmudug that has in the past resulted in fighting.