Tuesday January 24, 2023
Mogadishu (HOL) - At least two students and a woman were wounded in mortar attack near the Presidential palace in the Somali capital on Tuesday.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terror group has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in Somalia.
According to eyewitnesses, six mortar shells were fired toward the palace, one mortar hit inside the Presidential palace, and others landed near the SYL hotel, the Ministry of Information, and Ex-Fiyore village.
Since the Somali government-led operation began in the summer, the group has increased its attacks in major cities, including the capital.
The group attacked the compound housing the Mogadishu mayor’s office and other local government facilities, killing five civilians on Sunday.
The Somali government said the al-Shabab attackers arrived at the compound on foot, masquerading as government soldiers.
The attack started with an explosion, followed by the gunmen storming the building.