Tuesday 23 January 2018

Three decapitated bodies found days after Islamic State abductions

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Residents in Somalia say they have found three decapitated bodies just days after fighters linked to Islamic State (IS) abducted nine people.

Hassan Adan, an elder in Qandala town in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland, says the bodies found along a road near the town showed signs of torture.

Heavily-armed fighters on Saturday stopped a truck carrying nearly two dozen passengers about 15 miles from Qandala and abducted nine people.

The abducted included off-duty soldiers returning from areas where troops are battling the IS-linked fighters who had briefly captured Qandala.

It was not immediately clear if the decapitated bodies were those of soldiers.

Somalia's homegrown al-Shabab extremist group sees the IS-linked group as a threat to its operations in this long-chaotic nation.

Press Association

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