Somalia: Soldiers kill 15 militia members

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Security forces on Sunday attacked the base of a militia linked to an extremist group and killed 15 militiamen, a regional government minister said.
Yusuf Ahmed Kheir, security minister for the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland, said soldiers were countering the militia's attack on an army post near the region's commercial capital, Bossaso.
Militia spokesman Abdullahi Sheik denied they attacked first, saying the soldiers surprised them. Sheik said no militiamen were killed and only seven were injured. He said that there were civilian casualties but did not give any figures.