Somalia: Soldiers kill 15 militia members

August 8, 2010 19:55

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalian security forces attacked the base of a militia linked to an extremist group Sunday, killing fifteen, a Somali minister said.

Security Minister Yusuf Ahmed Kheir said soldiers in the semiautonomous northeastern region of Puntland took the action against the militia in response to the militia's attack on an army post.Militia spokesman Abdullahi Sheik denied they attacked first, saying the soldiers surprised them. Sheik said no militiamen were killed and only seven were injured.

Sunday's clash is the second in two weeks between Puntland forces and the militia group, which is led by arms dealer Mohamed Atom. He has been singled out by the UN for supplying arms to the al-Shabab extremist group. The US has declared al-Shabab a terrorist organization.

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