bosasso - Somali security forces report Sunday that they killed eighteen Islamic insurgents during an operation in the northern region of Puntland. The militants deny that there would be victims.
'We killed eighteen militants and burned six bases in a four-day operation against al-Shabaab,' said Colonel Mohamed Ismail of Puntland's Security Force.
The security force of Puntland is trained and supported by a small number of US agents, located in the semi-northern region. It was not clear whether the United States was itself involved in the operation.
Al-Shabaab al-Qaeda terrorist group confirmed that there was an attack but denied that there were victims.