Militants attack Somalia presidential palace

African Union Peacekeepers Patrol Mogadishu (John Moore, 2011 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/08 10:57 am

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says militants have stormed the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, and heavy gunfire can be heard inside as government troops and guards try to repel them.

Police officer Mohamed Abdi said the attack started when a car bomb exploded outside the presidential complex. Gunmen then entered the palace.

No more details were immediately available.

The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has vowed to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

 

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