Somali presidential compound attacked, president safe




 
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July 8th, 2014  
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By Feisal Omar and Abdirahman Hussein MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked Somalia's presidential compound on Tuesday with a car bomb and gunmen broke through a perimeter wall but were repulsed by security forces, and the president was not there at the time, the interior ministry said. Up to five members of the al Shabaab Islamist group, which claimed responsibility, were killed, Interior Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre told Reuters. The assault was the most dramatic in a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu by al Shabaab since it launched a campaign during the current Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It was the second time since February that al Shabaab had attacked the sprawling compound, which includes the presidential buildings and other government offices.

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