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5 Killed in Attack Near Somali Presidential Palace

Somali man carries body of one-year-old child who was killed by errant al Shabab mortar targeting presidential palace, Mogadishu, March 19, 2012.
Somali man carries body of one-year-old child who was killed by errant al Shabab mortar targeting presidential palace, Mogadishu, March 19, 2012.
Peter Cobus

At least five people were killed in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, when insurgents fired mortars at the presidential palace but hit a displaced persons' camp instead.

Another seven people were injured in the overnight attack, for which militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

A colonel for the Somali army said mortars landed a few hundred meters away on the makeshift camp, which houses Somalis displaced by years of conflict and drought.

He said the attack caused no damage to the presidential palace.

This is the second time in a week al-Shabab has tried to strike the presidential palace.

Somali government and African Union forces have pushed the group out of its former Mogadishu strongholds, but al-Shabab continues to carry out rocket, bomb, and suicide attacks in the capital.

The group, which is allied with al-Qaida, is trying to overthrow the government and turn Somalia into a strict Islamic state.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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by: andrew lyasimba
March 20, 2012 9:11 AM
what are the function of AU? because is this mean that Alshabaab army are very stong than AU and UNO army? I think its better now we African to see this problem as not for only Somalian but we must see as our problem .So i beg to all Africa leaders to organise their army to fight aganist Alshabaab army, we can put Africa in safe condition through this.

by: Ansu Tangar
March 20, 2012 3:49 AM
my major concern has to do with the World Leaders especailly the United States and Britain, why are they seating at back looking at those God forsaking people they called Alshabab? instead, they pursued Ghaddafi who was not as terreble as the Somalia Alshabab is; I am tired hearing every day about Somalia in news.

by: STAG
March 20, 2012 2:47 AM
To hunt Shebab requires a staff committed and effective government. This government can not set up by the ONU is illegal, unable to enforce the stop and Shehab. You have to call the President Abdinur Darman, only he knows the clans and tribes Shebab. Help Darman Abdinur.

by: Xaaji Dhagax
March 19, 2012 10:52 PM
Both Alshabaab insurgents and so called Somali Government troops are faceless cowards. Both use defensless minority groups as human shield. Mortars and artillery shells fired by both sides normally end in killing children and adults of minority goups living in displaced persons' camp.This madness has been going on for so long and it has to be stopped.

by: Plain Mirror
March 19, 2012 2:49 PM
Rebels are widely supported with the African nations at the fore-front of the whole experiment. Now the manace is taking a great grip on Africa with rebellion and terrorism sworn to bath Africa with pepper. Whatever you sow, that you would reap. Sow and support rebellion, that you would reap- The law of camma. Do not forget, Jonathan of Nigeria supported rebellion, today, Boko Haram hunts.

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