The Islamic State group fighters have kidnapped nine civilian people during a dawn attack near a remote village some 60km from Qandala town in Somalia.
The group accused the abductees of being involved in Friday’s US strikes against the militants, which left a key figure dead.
Police captain Abdifatah Mohamed told the Messenger Africa that ISIS fighters had abducted nine civilians earlier on Sunday near its base in Buqa area. “This terror group accused these civilians of collaborating with the US intelligence after an airstrike which killed a key figure of the militants,” Mohamed said.
The ISIS-linked fighters are a growing presence in the Horn of Africa nation, which has been long threatened by the al Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia