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Al-Shabaab oo sheegtay in ay 87 askar iyo saraakiil ah ku dishay qaraxyadii Maxaas [Bayaan]. Somalia’s govt imposes curfew in Mogadishu, cancels flights ahead of Djibouti president’s visit

GAROWE (Somaliguardian) – Fighters of the militant group Al-Shabaab launched a dawn attack on Af-urur base, which is home to Puntland regional troops outside the commercial port city of Bosaso on Sunday, triggering a fierce gunfight that lasted for several hours.

The attack started with mortar bombs targeting the base and heavy fighting raged inside the military camp in which both sides exchanged heavy weaponry, VOA Somali quoted residents as saying.

Al-Shabaab said via its affiliated media that its fighters had overrun the heavily-guarded base and killed “many” soldiers, though authorities in Puntland have not immediately commented on the assertion. The group’s media also reported that military vehicles had been seized by insurgents during the assault.

The military camp is located in the village of Af-urur on the Gollis Mountains in the Puntland region of Somalia, some 50 miles southwest of Bosaso. Due to its strategically important location, the area has been strongly contested by warring parties during the Somali civil war.

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