Mortars hit Somali presidential palace

January 19, 2007 by: Africa Speaks

Mortars hit Somali presidential palace
Five mortars slammed into Somalia’s presidential palace on Friday night and gunfire rattled across Mogadishu in the latest violence in chaotic Somalia, witnesses and officials said.

Fears stalking Somalia’s capital once again
The government troops, and the Ethiopians forces who supported them to take the capital from the Islamists, are still confined to a few military compounds. Periodic gunfire still resounds about the city between various freelance militia and bandits who are taking advantage of the power vacuum. The troops are concentrating on their own safety rather than that of the entire city.

Attack on Somalia’s Presidential Palace Spreads Fear
The attackers fired three mortars into the presidential compound and then engaged guards in a 30-minute firefight, residents said. The president and prime minister were in Mogadishu, but their whereabouts were unclear and government officials did not immediately answer their phones.

UN Envoy Talks to African Union On Force to Back Transitional Government
The top United Nations envoy for Somalia went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today for a meeting of the African Union (AU) that is expected to discuss plans for the speedy deployment of a protection force and training mission to back the transitional Government there after it ousted Islamist groups with Ethiopian help.

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