Islamic State kill one, injure two in Somalia’s Puntland

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 Police captain Abdifatah Ali told Reuters the colonel was walking to the police station in Bosasso when the gunmen opened fire and that suspected Islamic fighters in Somalia’s port town of 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 statment 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.

He said that during the Somali President’s visit, the Sudanese and Somali sides will hold talks in the political, diplomatic, economic and other fields.

He indicated that the two Presidents will hold talks on issues of mutual concern that will be followed by the signing of memos of understanding and agreements in different fields, including education and agriculture.

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs said that the visit of the Somali President marks a turning point to the better in the bilateral relations.

He said that the talks between the two sides will include issues of the security and stability in Somalia.

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