Somalia’s Al-Shabaab claim they ‘control presidential palace

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Somalia’s Islamist Al-shabaab rebels said Tuesday they had taken control of the office of the country’s internationally-backed president following a major assault on the presidential palace.

“Our commandos are inside the so-called presidential office,” Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP. “We are in control of the headquarters of the apostate regime.”

However, security sources said that Somalia’s internationally-backed president was safe and was not inside the presidential palace when the Islamist militants launched an attack on the presidential palace complex.

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The sources added that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed and safe with guards from the African Union’s 22,000-strong AMISOM force.

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