Somalia's government says presidential compound has been secured following militant attack

African Union Peacekeepers Patrol Mogadishu (John Moore, 2011 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/08 12:30 pm

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government says presidential compound has been secured following militant attack.

Earlier today a Somali police official said militants had stormed the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, and heavy gunfire was heard inside as government troops and guards tried 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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