Al-Shabaab bomb kills 12 in Somalia’s Puntland

The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda and wants to impose strict Islamic law, claimed responsibility.

FILE: A member of the security forces stands on the scene of a car bomb attack. Picture: AFP.

BOSSASO - An al-Shabaab bomb attack killed 12 people, including five soldiers, in Somalia’s Puntland region on Friday, the Puntland military said.

The explosions hit Af-Urur, 100km south of the city of Bossaso. Af-Urur is near the Galgala hills, an area controlled by al-Shabaab Islamists who have attacked and captured the town several times and in June killed 38 people there.

“A bomb planted near the khat market of Af-Urur exploded,” Major Mohamed Ismail, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters. “So far 12 people including civilians and soldiers have died.”

The attack coincided with Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday.

Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda and wants to impose strict Islamic law, claimed responsibility.

“We are behind the attack in Af-Urur village. We killed five soldiers and injured 10 others,” al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters.