Puntland Security Kill 13 Injures 32 Al-Shabab Fighters in Bossasso.
Puntland security officers yesterday killed 13 Al-Shabab militias and wounded thirty two others in fighting in Bossasso town. The militia group members were killed after they attacked an Army post near Bosasso, the commercial capital.
The president of the semi-autonomous region Abdirahman Mohamed Farole also said that his forces captured some of the al-Shabab fighters and were now in their custody. He vowed to defend peace in the region from Al-Shabab and other terrorist groups. He also vowed to capture the group’s new leader Sheikh Mohamed Atam who has led the attack since Monday morning.
The president accused the radical militant group of Al-Shabab of trying to grab the mountains in Puntland and the areas bordering the Gulf of Aden so the extremist can ship more foreign fighters into bullet riddled Somalia. At least two members of Puntland’s security forces were also killed in the clashes in the mountains near Galgalo.
Puntland is semi-autonomous from the rest of Somalia but is allied to the embattled, UN-backed government in Mogadishu. Meanwhile, fresh fighting also broke out in the north and south of the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Somalia has been without a functional government since 1991 after warlords toppled Siad Bare’s regime leading to an all out war and the emergence of dangerous rebel groups like Al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam.
News Report By Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is AfrobeatRadio’s correspondent for East Africa.