BOSASSO, Somalia - Three of five people abducted by Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland last weekend were found beheaded on Wednesday, a government official told Reuters.
The five people were abducted by fighters from the militant Islamist group last weekend in Qandala, a port city on Puntland's Gulf of Aden coast.
Somalia has been mired in lawlessness and violence at the hands of various armed groups since the deposing of dictator Mohammed Siad Barre in the early 1990s.
Islamist group al Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaida, a rival of Islamic State (IS), has sowed much of the chaos in the Horn of Africa country in recent years.
"IS beheaded three of the civilians they had abducted days ago," Jamac Mohamed Khuurshe, commissioner for Qandala district told Reuters on Wednesday.
"We saw the three ... beheaded bodies lying outside Qandala town this morning."
He said the two remaining civilians were still missing.