The troops of Somalia's Puntland state were reported to have launched a large-scale of operation in Bari region after Al-Shabaab captured a key base this week.
The local authorities say the state troops are hunting Al-Shabaab and the ISIL-linked militants in the mountainous areas, where the US military is carrying out drone strikes.
The move came days after Al-Shabaab fighters retook Af-Urur base near Bosaso city after Puntland soldiers withdrew from the area over unknown reasons before the capture.
For years, Puntland has been facing security threats from Al-Shabaab and Islamic State-affiliated faction based in Bari region.
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