Al-Shabaab Shells Hit Near Somali President’s Palace; 7 Dead

Somali Islamist militants said they targeted the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, in mortar attacks that struck a residential neighborhood, killing seven people.

At least six shells hit a district near the president’s compound, causing four deaths, police officer Farah Abdinur said by phone from the scene of the blasts. Three other people later died of their injuries, according to Axmed Aden, a nurse at the hospital where they were admitted.

Al-Shabaab’s claim of responsibility was carried by Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that supports the insurgents. The al-Qaeda-linked group that’s fighting Somalia’s government shelled the vicinity of the palace about three weeks ago, killing at least one person.

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