GAROWE (SD) – Puntland state has vowed to intensify operations against al-Shabaab fighters barely two days the group freed over one hundred inmates following raid on Basaso prison.
Saed Abdullahi Deni who toured Bosaso’s main jail hours after the raid said his administration will launched operations to flush the militants out of the state.
“We condole with the families of those killed in the heinous al-Shabaab attack on Bosaso Jail. We will make those responsible for the attack and their sympathisers to pay the price. Puntland will carry out operations to degrade the terrorists,” said Deni who was cladded in military fatigue
The leader urged locals to cooperate with the security forces in the fight against the terror group, ruling out that the incident was unprecedented.
“This is not an isolated incident, it happened many parts of the world but we will not let the perpetrators to rest,” he said.
On Friday evening, heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters stormed Bosaso Jail, prompting half an hour fighting with the prison guards.
The attack killed at least seven soldiers and wounded over ten soldiers.
The militants succeeded to briefly sieze the facility and free about 400 inmate, according to police officer who spoke to Reuters.
In response to the attack in following morning, Puntland forces engaged al-Shabaab fighters on the outskirts of Bossaso town, killing more than twenty militants.
Puntland security officials also displayed over ten inmates who were recaptured after escaping the jail during al-Shabaab’s attack.