Al-Shabab ex­trem­ists kill scores in mil­i­tary base am­bush

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MO­GADISHU | Heav­ily armed al-Shabab ex­trem­ists stormed a mil­i­tary base in So­ma­lia’s semi­au­tonomous state of Punt­land, killing close to 70 peo­ple and wound­ing dozens more, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day. Res­i­dents said civil­ians, in­clud­ing women, were be­headed dur­ing the ram­page.

Of­fi­cials called it the re­gion’s dead­li­est at­tack in years, high­light­ing the twin chal­lenges fac­ing se­cu­rity forces from the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab and the grow­ing pres­ence of fight­ers linked to the Is­lamic State group.

The at­tack be­gan with a blast at the re­mote Af-Urur camp, roughly 60 miles west of the com­mer­cial hub of Bos­saso, be­fore the ex­trem­ists over­ran the base and killed sol­diers at close range, said Ahmed Mohamed, a se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cial.

Close to 70 peo­ple were killed, though an ex­act death toll was not yet avail­able, Mr. Mohamed said.

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