Somalia Presidential Palace Attacked by Militants

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Heavy gunfire was heard inside after militants have attacked the Somalia presidential palace earlier today. According to Somali police officials, militants have stormed the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, and heavy gunfire is heard inside as government troops and guards try to repel them.

“The attack started when a car bomb exploded outside the presidential complex. Then gunmen entered the palace,” said Mohamed Abdi who is one of the police officers on scene. Fortunately, the president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamou, was not in the palace during the attack by al Shabaab militants and security forces managed to quickly gain control of the presidential palace. It is believed that as many as five suspected Islamist militants were killed during the attack.

The attack on the Somalian presidential palace comes after the Islāmic extremist group al-Shabab has announced that they will increase the amount of attacks during Ramadan, a holy month in the Muslim religion.

By Ivelina Kunina

Sources:
Reuters

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