Mortar shells hit near presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no comment from the Somali government.

Mortar shells hit near presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mortar shells hit near the presidential palace and several areas in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, a security source said.

Several shells fell in the vicinity of the presidential palace, the source told Anadolu Agency.

The source, however, gave no details about casualties.

But an eyewitness said that seven shells hit the Hamrawein district, where the presidential palace is located.

"We are staying indoors," the witness told AA.

Meanwhile, several civilians were reportedly injured when a mortar shell hit central Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no comment from the Somali government.

The long-troubled country in the Horn of Africa has remained in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The election of a new Somali government one year ago, along with intervention by African Union troops tasked with countering an insurgency by the Al-Qaeda-allied Al-Shabaab group, has served to establish a degree of stability in recent months.

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