October 27, 2016
ISIS Militants Withdrew From Qandala Following Brief Takeover
ISIS militants have withdrawn from the Somali coastal town of Qandala in Bari region of Puntland after briefly capturing it on Wednesday, local sources said. Local residents woke up this morning with little trace of the militia in the town, while credible sources in the area indicate that they retreated to the nearby mountainous region.
The heavily armed militiamen who allegedly took over were led by Abdulkadir Muumin, a prominent Jihadist who defected to ISIS earlier this year after fighting alongside Al-Shabaab for many years. Speaking to the local folks in Qandala, Mr. Muumin challenged them to cooperate with ISIS, pledging full Islamic protection in return. The Galgala-based ISIS militants have been trying to expand their authority in the region, with the mountainous Northeastern Somalia as preferred safe haven.