Somalia’s Puntland region security says it has Surrounded 250 al-Shabaab Fighter

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The authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland say the military has surrounded 250 fighters from the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Puntland’s Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar Amey told BBC Somali that the militants were trapped in a valley, with no food to eat.

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He said some had tried to escape but had been either killed or captured.

Al-Shabab has had bases in Puntland for several years.

Last year, a splinter group in the area declared allegiance to so-called Islamic state.

Most of al-Shabab is allied to al-Qaeda.

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