Reports from Af-Urur village in Puntland’s Bari region say that Al-Shabaab militants attacked a Puntland military base early Sunday morning.
Al-Shabaab launched the attack with mortars and small arms fire, followed by a gun battle between Puntland forces and Al-Shabaab.
The attack started just before dawn prayers.
Al-Shabaab has previously attacked Af-Urur, 70km from Bossaso, in one of the deadliest attacks in Puntland.
More than 50 Puntland soldiers were killed in an al-Shabaab attack on Afurur in June 2017 after raiding a Puntland military base in Af-Urur.
For over a decade, the militant insurgency group Al-Shabaab has been waging a deadly war against Somalia’s internationally-backed government.