Somali gov’t says security forces kill presidential compound attacker

09:03, September 21, 2010      

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A suspected Islamist gunman who tried to sneak into Somali presidential residency in the Somali capital Mogadishu was on Monday shot dead by security guards before detonating his bomb, a government statement said.

“The lone assailant who was carrying an AK 47 and a bomb tried to follow security vehicles entering the Presidency but was spotted and killed outside of the inner parameter of the Presidency,” the statement, of which Xinhua got a copy, added no one else was hurt in the attack and security officials are investigating the incident, the first of its kind against the Presidential Place know as Villa Somalia where top Somali leaders including the President, the Prime minister and the Speaker of the Somali parliament reside.

The place is heavily guarded by Somali government security forces and African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops supporting the fragile UN-backed government.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamist group opposed to the government often launched similar attacks on Somali government officials.

Islamist suicide bombers have on a number of previous occasions waged a brazen attack on Somali government officials, killing some and wounding others.

Armed Islamist opposition groups launch almost daily attacks on the forces of the fragile Somali government and the almost 6, 000 African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops backing it.

Somalia has remained chaotic for almost two decades since the collapse of Somali government in 1991.

Source: Xinhua


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