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SOMALIA: DAESH FIGHTER SURRENDER TO PUNTLAND AUTHORITIES

Military officials of Somalia's northeastern region of Puntland said that a militant linked to the Daesh group has surrendered to the government forces in Bari region.

The suspect was identified as Abdulahi Mohamed Saed, and has surrendered to the military forces stationed in Ja'el area on last Sunday.

A senior military officer, Ahmed Mahmoud Yusuf told VOA Somali service that the military forces have on custody a defected Daesh member believed to hail from Bay region in southern Somalia. Yusuf indicated that the suspect will be handed over to the authorities who will conduct further investigation.

Asked about the number of the Daesh fighters in Bari region, Yusuf said that the group has 70 fighters and on multiple occasions stole food, livestock and threatened local communities.

However, Yusuf declined to give details about how the group receive its logistical support and indicated such information cannot be disclosed to the public.

So far Daesh group hasn't released any statement in regard to the recent arrest of one of its fighters by Puntland forces.

Last December, Daesh was driven out from port town Qandala by the Puntland joint security forces, and moved to nearby mountains.

Daesh group claimed responsibility for the latest suicide bombing occurred in Bosaso town, which resulted in the death of five people and injuring of other civilians.

Source: NAM News Network