Al-Shabaab attacks Somali presidential palace; 12 dead

Al-Shabaab militants carried out an attack against the Somali presidential palace on Friday that left 12 dead, including two government officials.
Posted By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack against the presidential palace in the capital city of Mogadishu on Friday.

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia Nick Kay took to Twitter to convey that Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed in the attack.

Police officer Abdi Mohamed told CNN the attack began with an explosive detonation at the palace's gate and was followed by gunfire exchanged by the attackers and security guards. National Security Minister Adbikarin Hussein Guled reported at least 12 dead in the attack, including seven Al-Shabaab militants as well as the prime minister's secretary and the former deputy national intelligence agency chief.


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