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Somalia roadside bomb attack leaves eight soldiers dead

Eight soldiers have been killed in Somalia and a further three are injured after a roadside bomb attack in a remote town in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland.

Police official Ahmed Mohamed told the Associated Press that Sunday's blast targeted a military convoy in Galgala.

Security forces have been battling Islamic State (IS) fighters in the region.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the blast.

IS-linked extremists also have carried out such attacks in the past.

Fighters affiliated with IS are a relatively new and growing threat in Somalia, where al-Shabab has been entrenched for years.

AP

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