MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 13 (UPI) -- Mortar shells were fired at Somalia's presidential palace Tuesday and the fate of interim President Abdullahi Yusuf was not immediately known.
Soldiers in tanks surrounded the Mogadishu compound, from which witnesses told the Shabelle Media Network heavy smoke was billowing.
A BBC correspondent said two shells fell within the compound and four others missed and hit a residential area where a young boy was reportedly killed by shrapnel.
Yusuf had only returned to the complex Tuesday morning from the city of Baidoa where the government fled last summer when an Islamist group took over control of Mogadishu.
There was no immediate word on his safety or damage within the palace grounds.
The Somali Parliament voted Monday to formally return the government to Mogadishu and looked to an African Union peacekeeping force to help restore some stability.