Al-Shabaab killed 38 in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland

Somali government forces run for cover as they carry a colleague who was shot dead during brief gunfire with Al-Shabaab fighters. (File photo: AP)

The death toll from al-Shabaab attack on a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday has risen to 38 from 20 reported earlier, a military officer said.

“Now we confirm 38 people, mostly soldiers, died and 18 others wounded. I believe some were captured alive and taken away,” Major Mohamed Abdi, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters.

“Numerous, heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters attacked us from every direction and after hours of fierce battle I was among those who ran for their lives.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54