Somalia: president in mortar attack

Just hours after the Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed moved in to Mogadishu from the provincial city of Baidoa, insurgents launched a mortar attack on the presidential palace, killing a small boy. The president emerged unscathed from the attack. Ethiopian tanks sealed off the area. The attack evidences the government’s lack of control over the capital city, which is thought to hold many militants and Islamist supporters.

From Security Briefs, March 15

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