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At Least 10 Somali Troops Killed in Puntland

December 05, 2012

by VOA News

At least 10 soldiers in Somalia's Puntland region have been killed during an attack by militant group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab said on Twitter that it attacked a military base late Tuesday near Bosasso, Puntland's largest city. The group said it killed nearly 30 soldiers and wounded more than a dozen.

Puntland's security minister, Kahlife Isse Mudan, told reporters Wednesday 10 government troops were killed when their armed vehicle struck a landmine. He also said seven militants were killed during the clash.

Al-Shabab members have retreated to other regions, including semi-autonomous Puntland, since losing their last strongholds in southern Somalia to African Union and Somali government forces.

The Islamist militant group continues to carry out suicide bombings and guerilla-style attacks.

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