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Mortar shells land by Somalia's presidential palace

Mortar shells land inside Somalia's presidential palace compound

Mortar shells land by Somalia's presidential palace

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says that at least three mortars landed inside Somalia's heavily fortified presidential palace compound.

There was no immediate word if there were any casualties in Thursday's attack. The extent of damage, if any, was also unknown. The area was sealed off by security forces and journalists could not approach

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says that two more mortars struck a residential area near the state house which houses Somali president, prime minister and speaker of the parliament.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but similar attacks have been carried out by al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist group in Somalia.

Updated : 2021-09-26 05:53 GMT+08:00