Somali presidential palace targeted as 4 killed

At least four people were killed in Mogadishu which saw the presidential palace come under attack days before a national peace meeting, witnesses said on Thursday.

Somali presidential palace targeted as 4 killed
At least four people were killed in Mogadishu which saw the presidential palace come under attack days before a national peace meeting, witnesses said on Thursday.

Several mortar shells landed near the presidential palace late Wednesday and one hit the nearby Fiyore area, killing one civilian and wounding two others, local resident Farah Mohamed told AFP.

Mohamed Ganey, a government security officer who was in the palace, said none of the shells struck the palace buildings.

“Several mortar rounds were fired from inside town but all of them were off target. Some of them hit nearby buildings but the palace suffered no damage,” he told AFP.

Three other people were killed as violence flared in several southern neighbourhoods of the Somali capital, witnesses said.

“We heard gunshots outside my gate and several minutes later I was told bodies were strewn in the street. Three young men were killed,” said another resident Warsame Janogale.

It was not clear what prompted the incident.

“The three were shot in the head and they appear to have been tortured before they were killed,” said Ahmed Sahal, another witness.

The violence comes three days before a much-delayed national reconciliation meeting is scheduled to kick off.


AFP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2007, 16:56
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