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Somalia’s al Shabaab Say Fire Mortars at Presidential Palace

Hard-line islamist fighters patrol a street in southern Mogadishu, Somalia,  Friday, July 31, 2009. Abu Yahya al-Libi, one of the top Al-Qadah has praised the Somali jihad and gives advice to mujahideen to continue their strikes and be wary of fellow Somalis in a visual speech released on jihadist forums on July 30, 2009.The speech, titled, "Somalia The Cloud of Summer Dissipated," is contained in a 40 minute, 23 second video produced by as-Sahab, the media arm of al-Qaeda. Libi, an official within al-Qaeda's Shariah Committee, has given speeches in the past championing the jihad in Somalia and giving recommendations to Somali mujahideen. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Hard-line islamist fighters patrol a street in southern Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

 

(Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said they carried out a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The al Qaeda-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law.

“We attacked the palace with mortar shells today. Several landed inside the palace,” Al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters.

Police said several mortars landed near the palace, but it was not immediately clear whether anyone had been hit. “We are investigating those who are behind the attack and where they were fired from,” said Captain Ali Hussein, a police officer.

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