Mil­i­tants kill 7 in at­tack in So­ma­lia’s Punt­land

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BOSASO, So­ma­lia - Is­lamist al Shabaab mil­i­tants at­tacked a check­point in So­ma­lia’s semi-au­ton­o­mous Punt­land re­gion, killing at least seven peo­ple in the early hours of yes­ter­day, po­lice said.

The fight­ers then am­bushed of­fi­cers rush­ing in to help col­leagues on the out­skirts of the city of Bosaso, an of­fi­cer at the scene told Reuters.

Al Shabaab said it took the check­point then left, though the po­lice said they fought off the as­sault.

Al Shabaab has launched a string of at­tacks on So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu and other ar­eas con­trolled by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in a bid to oust the Western-backed author­i­ties and im­pose the group’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lamic law.

At­tacks are rel­a­tively rare in Punt­land, which has its own gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces pa­trolling its ter­ri­tory on the north­east­ern tip of the Horn of Africa, jut­ting out into the Gulf of Aden and the Ara­bian Sea. “At about 01:00 hours, many well-armed al Shabaab fight­ers at­tacked us from all di­rec­tions in an at­tempt to cap­ture the check­point,” po­lice cap­tain Ab­d­i­fa­tah Mo­hamed said.

Three po­lice and four civil­ians died and at least 13 oth­ers were wounded in the clashes, he said over the phone from the check­point.–

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