Published On: Sun, Dec 25th, 2016

Somalia’s security forces detain 3 men-linked to ISIL

Somali authorities in central Hiiran region say government security forces have detained three men on suspicion of being members of  a faction loyal to Islamic state in the horn of Africa country.

The men had been captured at a checkpoint in Beledweyne, as they were onboard a bus travelling from the northeast coastal city of Bosasso, the commercial hub of Puntland state of Somalia.

The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) officers are interrogating the ISIL suspects at  a detention centre in Beledweyne city, the regional capital of Hiiraan region in central Somalia.

The detained men are believed to be pro-ISIL fighters fought in the seaside town of Qandala, 72Km east of Bosasso city.

Pro-Islamic state militants captured Qandala in November before they were pushed out of the city by Puntland forces last week.

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