Al-Shabaab militants last night launched a mortar attack on a Puntland military base in Af-urur area on the outskirts of Bossaso, the capital of Bari region.
Witnesses also reported that nearly 10 shells hit the base, which occurred in and around the station, but has not yet been disclosed casualties.
The sources added that the Puntland forces stationed at Af-urur base responded with artillery shells.
Puntland military officials told the media that they repulsed the artillery attack, but did not provide further details.
Al-Shabaab, meanwhile, posted a statement on its website saying the shells were found inside the base, causing casualties.
Security officials in Bari region have not yet commented on the shelling, but it is noteworthy that there have been several direct attacks on Puntland military bases in Af-urur area of Bari region.