Somaliland soldiers have also captured a number of officers from Puntland, a Press TV correspondent reported Wednesday. Somaliland is a breakaway region of Somalia and northern Somalia is composed of Somaliland and Puntland. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Somaliland officer said that they attacked Las-Korey to capture “bandits who have taken shelter here and are doing brisk black-market business”. "We have to stop them doing this type of business, even if it is by force," he added. A senior Puntland official confirmed the fall of the town but he pledged that the Puntland military would recapture the town.