Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has fired director of Puntland Intelligence Agency (PIA) Abdirisak Ise Hussein also called Khatumo.

President Ali also ousted director of Puntland Security Service (PSS) Abdullahi Adan Mohamed, according to a statement released by the office of the president.

The president did not appoint new directors to replace those fired, according to a presidential decree issued on Wednesday.

The move comes amid rising Al Shabaab attacks against Puntland security forces in Bari region, situated north of Somalia.