Fear as Islamic State fighters ‘invade’ village in Somalia

Somali Islamist militants hold their weapons as they ride on a pick-up truck on the outskirts of the Somali capital Mogadishu on February 2, 2009. Reports from Lower Juba region in Southern Somalia indicate that militants loyal to Islamic State (IS) militants seized a village on Wednesday. PHOTO | MOWLID ABDI |

What you need to know:

  • Residents of Tuulo Barwaqo, over 120 kms northwest of Kismayu, the capital of the Jubaland said that armed militants entered the village while wielding the black jihadist banner.
  • The militants insisted that they were IS loyalists who had replaced the Jubaland authority in the area.
  • Sources indicated that the chief of Tuulo Barwaqo who represented the Jubaland administration and other officials had fled the area upon receiving a tip off that IS fighters were heading towards the village.

SOMALIA, Thursday

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