Pi­rates kill 8 sol­diers

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

THE So­mali pi­rates hold­ing a Dan­ish fam­ily hostage on Thurs­day killed eight Punt­land gov­ern­ment troops who were head­ing to­wards their moun­tain hide-out, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said. Of­fi­cials said forces from the north­ern So­mali break­away state where the seven hostages are held were in­ter­cepted . ‘‘ Punt­land armed forces clashed with pi­rates and the in­for­ma­tion we’re get­ting in­di­cates that there were ca­su­al­ties,’’ said Ab­d­i­fa­tah Mo­hamed, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial.

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