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BOSASO, Somalia, June 8 (Reuters) - The death toll from al Shabaab attack on a town in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday has risen to 38 from 20 reported earlier, a military officer said.
"Now we confirm 38 people, mostly soldiers, died and 18 others wounded. I believe some were captured alive and taken away," Major Mohamed Abdi, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters.
"Numerous, heavily armed al Shabaab fighters attacked us from every direction and after hours of fierce battle I was among those who ran for their lives." (Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Louise Ireland)