9 November 2013

Somalia: Govt Accuses Al Shabaab of Deadly Prison Attack

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Garowe — Puntland Government in northern Somalia has accused Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group of carrying out a deadly attack on Bossaso Central Prison on Friday night, Garowe Online reports.

Puntland's Deputy Minister of Security Gen. Abdiasis Saed Gacamey who Saturday held a news conference at the ministry headquarters in Puntland capital of Garowe said that Al Shabaab militiamen estimated to be 40 attacked the prison but prison guards successfully repelled the attack.

According to a press statement from Puntland government, the security forces seized explosive materials, boxes of food items including dates and a mattress sheet from the fleeing attackers.

In response to the coordinated Al Shabaab attack, Puntland defence forces stationed in Galgala area were dispatched to Golis Mountains to dismantle Al Shabaab hideouts, the statement noted.

Two custodian corps officers were killed and two others were wounded in the attack that targeted a prison in the port city of Bossaso. The wounded officers are being treated at Bossaso General Hospital.

Puntland Security Minister, Khalif Isse Mudan warned of terrorist attacks in Puntland regions and told that intelligence briefings disclosed terror threats by Al Shabaab militants in southern Somalia while he was speaking at a meeting President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole held with Puntland security officials in Garowe last month.

Bossaso Prison attack coincided with a suicide bombing at Maka Al Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu where a bomber killed at least 6 persons.

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