SOMALIA: Al-Shabab Launch Mortar Attack On Compound Containing President

Militants in Somalia have launched a barrage of mortar attacks in the town of Dhusamareb, where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Galmudug regional officials have been locked in talks to resolve an electoral dispute, domestic media outlets said on Tuesday.

Militants in Somalia have launched a barrage of mortar attacks in the town of Dhusamareb, where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Galmudug regional officials have been locked in talks to resolve an electoral dispute, domestic media outlets said on Tuesday.

Regional officials told the media that almost 10 mortar shells hit the town’s presidential palace, police station, and the airport, adding that none of the projectiles exploded in the compound where the president was based.

According to the portal, the Al-Shabaab militant group, which has links to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least four civilians were injured in the mortar strikes.

Several Somali regional leaders have raised objection to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s electoral commission appointments in the run-up to the African country’s presidential election on February 8.