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Somalia's al Shabaab say attack meant to get president 'dead or alive'

By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants said on Saturday their attack on the Somali president's compound, in which at least 11 people died, was an attempt to kill or abduct him. Al Shabaab fighters blasted through a gate with a car bomb on Friday and fought a gunbattle with guards at the heavily-fortified compound known as Villa Somalia. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed in the assault.

11 die in attack by militants on Somali president's compound

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed when Islamist militants attacked the Somali presidential compound on Friday, blasting through a gate with a car bomb and fighting a gunbattle with guards. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed in the assault on the heavily-fortified compound known as Villa Somalia, which also houses other government agencies. Al Shabaab, a group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility.

Somalia's Shebab in major suicide attack on presidential palace

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels launched a major suicide attack Friday against the heavily-fortified presidential palace, home to the country's internationally-backed government, killing officials and guards before dying in a fierce gunbattle. A huge car bomb exploded at the perimeter of the central Mogadishu complex, and a group of at least nine suicide attackers breached the Villa Somalia compound, one of the best-defended locations in the war-torn country. Shebab rebels immediately claimed responsibility.

Somalia's Shebab in major suicide attack on presidential palace

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels launched a major suicide attack on Friday against the heavily-fortified presidential palace, home to the country's internationally-backed government, police and witnesses said. A huge car bomb exploded at the perimeter of the central Mogadishu complex, and a group of around a dozen suicide attackers breached the Villa Somalia compound. Shebab rebels immediately claimed responsibility.

Somalia's Shebab in major attack on presidential palace

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels launched a major suicide commando attack on Friday against the heavily-fortified presidential palace, home to the country's internationally-backed government, police and witnesses said. A huge car bomb exploded at the perimeter of the central Mogadishu complex, and a group of around a dozen suicide attackers breached the Villa Somalia compound. Shebab rebels immediately claimed responsibility.

Somali Islamist militants claim deadly palace attack

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said they carried out Friday's car bomb and gun attack against the presidential palace in central Mogadishu that left several people dead. "We targeted the so-called presidential palace. Our fighters our fighting inside the palace compound," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters a little over an hour after the first bomb blast. However, police said the security forces had snuffed out the attack.

Somali Islamist militants claim deadly palace attack

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said they carried out Friday's car bomb and gun attack against the presidential palace in central Mogadishu that left several people dead. "We targeted the so-called presidential palace. Our fighters our fighting inside the palace compound," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters a little over an hour after the first bomb blast. However, police said the security forces had snuffed out the attack.

Presidential palace in Somalia hit by major car bomb, gun attack

The presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, home to the country's internationally-backed government, was hit Friday by a massive car bomb followed by a raid by gunmen, police and witnesses said. The UN's special envoy to Somalia said the country's president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, had telephoned to say he was unharmed in the attack against the Villa Somalia, one of the most heavily fortified places in the country.

Presidential palace in Somalia hit by major car bomb, gun attack

The presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, home to the country's internationally-backed government, was hit Friday by a massive car bomb followed by a raid by gunmen, police and witnesses said. "There is a large attack on the presidential palace. Initial reports are that a suicide car bomber hit the gate and exploded, then men with guns followed," police officer Mohamed Ali told AFP. The attack appeared to bear all the hallmarks of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-lined Shebab rebels.

Presidential palace in Somalia hit by major car bomb, gun attack

The presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, home to the country's internationally-backed government, was hit by a massive car bomb followed by a raid by gunmen on Friday, police and witnesses said. "There is a large attack on the presidential palace. Initial reports are that a suicide car bomber hit the gate and exploded, then men with guns followed," police officer Mohamed Ali told AFP. str-sas/yad
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