Islamic extremists attack Somalia prison

Armed members of the militant group al-Shabab attend a rally on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Thousands of Somalis gathered at a militant-organized demonstration on the outskirts of Mogadishu on Monday in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaida, which was announced last week by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri. (AP Photo)

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Armed members of the militant group al-Shabab attend a rally on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on Feb. 13, 2012. The group is suspected to be behind an attack on a prison in Somalia on Friday.

About 20 armed Islamic extremists attacked a prison in northern Somalia Friday in an attempt to free prisoners, according to a government official.

Prison guards repelled the attack on Friday night in which two guards were wounded, an official in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland said on Saturday.

An aerial view from a NATO military helicopter shows Somalia's northern port town of Bossaso. Islamic extremists attacked a prison in the region in an attempt to free inmates on Friday.

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An aerial view from a NATO military helicopter shows Somalia’s northern port town of Bossaso. Islamic extremists attacked a prison in the region in an attempt to free inmates on Friday.

The official said al-Shabab militants were suspected of carrying out the attack in Bossaso.


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