July 8, 2014 – Presidential compound in Mogadishu was attacked on Tuesday by al-Shabaab fighters with car bomb, while gun men broke through the perimeter fence but were repelled by presidential guards.
Interior Ministry, Abdullahi Godah Barre told the media that the President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was away during the attack. At least three of the al-Shabaab fighters were confirmed dead.
The assault is said to be the most dramatic in a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu by the militants.
“I can assure you the president is not hurt and as a matter of fact he was not in the palace,” the minister said, adding the gunmen were repulsed in the car park near the prime minister’s offices and had not made it to the presidential quarters.
It was the second time since February that al Shabaab had attacked the area. Officials say security has been beefed up.
However, al Shabaab said fighting still raged after officials said it was finished. “Let them enter the palace and meet us if the fighting is over,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations, told Reuters. He said their fighters had killed 14 soldiers in the raid.