So­mali rebels at­tack

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

TWENTY sol­diers were killed by Al Shabaab mil­i­tants dur­ing an at­tack on a mil­i­tary base in Punt­land in Somalia yes­ter­day.

The dawn at­tack tar­geted the Af Urur mil­i­tary base about 70km west of Bosaso port town. The base is close to the Gal­gala Moun­tains, which once served as a base for the ji­hadists in the Punt­land re­gion.

The mil­i­tants at­tempted to lay siege to the base by fir­ing heavy mor­tar rounds in what was de­scribed as one of the most dev­as­tat­ing at­tacks in re­cent years.

Mil­i­tary sources stated that Punt­land forces re­sponded swiftly by shelling mor­tars, prompt­ing the en­emy to flee.

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