A Somali official says 15 people were killed when Islamist insurgent fighters seized a town in northern Somalia.
The insurgents are linked to arms dealer Mohamed Atom. The U.N. says he supplies weapons to Somalia’s al-Shabab militia in the south.
The official says the Islamists are in control of Gal Gala, which is 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of the port of Bosasso, the commercial hub of the semiautonomous northern region of Puntland.
The official declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press. He says nine soldiers and six insurgents had been killed in Wednesday’s fighting.