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A region of northeast Somalia adjoining the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Largely autonomous since Somalia's national government collapsed in the 1990s, Puntland became notorious in the first decade of the 21st century as a haven for pirates preying on international shipping.
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Puntland is in north-east Somalia, which declared itself an autonomous state in 1998.
Puntland security forces monitored religious activities very closely.
He says that when he returns to Somalia he wants to have face-to-face talks with opponents, including militia leaders and the leaders of the northern regions of Somaliland and Puntland.
There are plans for a reunification meeting between Aideed and the heads of the Somaliland Republic and Puntland in Djibouti in April, but opposition to the meeting has been mounting.
The newly renovated Garowe International Airport opened its doors on 8 January in the capital of Puntland state, Somalia.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Local residents said militants linked to ISIL have seized an ancient port town in Somalia's semi-autonomous Northeastern state of Puntland.
Puntland said it had killed Islamist militants in an air raid but Galmudug said its soldiers were targeted.
Some 385,000 people are already facing a hunger crisis in self-declared independent Somaliland and semi-autonomous Puntland, further to the east.
Different administrations have been issuing fishing licences, and while Puntland believes it is currently being cheated of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, there are deep concerns about corruption.
Earlier on Monday a suicide bomb attack on a United Nations vehicle in Garowe, the main city in Somalia's Puntland region, killed seven people, including four workers of the UN children's fund, UNICEF.
SANA'A, June 18 (Saba) - Yemen and Puntland State of Somalia signed in Sana'a on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of fisheries cooperation.