Heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters have overrun military base near Bosaso town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland.
The fighters on Friday stormed into military base in Balikhadar town, Galgala highlands, clashing with Puntland forces for hours, according to police officer, who asked to be anonymous.
He says at least 5 soldiers were killed and several vehicles were also destroyed in an attack by al-Shabaab.
“Our brave military soldiers came under attack at military base near Bosaso town. Five soldiers lost their lives during the raid. But the soldiers repulsed the attack”, he said.
In phone interview, Colonel Hussein Mohamed, Puntland military officer said that its forces had launched a counter-attack earlier on Saturday morning killing dozens.
The armed group of al-Shabaab claimed to have overrun military base for Puntland administration near Bosaso town