MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Fighters of the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab attacked Af-urur military camp in northeastern Somalia’s Puntland state where heavy gunfight with regional forces took place, local authorities confirmed on Saturday.
More than 10 mortar shells struck the base early on Saturday morning before a fierce exchange of gunfire erupted, residents said.
Al-Shabaab said it had killed 8 soldiers and destroyed a military vehicle in the attack when regional forces trying to pursue fighters, who had launched a mortar attack, were ambushed.
Military officials with Puntland regional government said two soldiers were killed in the dawn attack without giving further details.
It comes just a week after militants carried out a similar attack targeting the base, which was set up to prevent Al-Shabaab fighters from launching assaults on the coastal town of Bosaso.
Group’s fighters stormed a jail in the town of Bosaso in March, releasing nearly 400 militant inmates in one of the country’s most high-profile jailbreak incidents.
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