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'Five suspected militants dead' in Somalia attack

Five suspected Islamist militants have been killed in an attack on the Somali presidential compound, the east African country's interior minister has said.

Al-Shabaab had earlier claimed to have had control of some areas of the compound, but the Somali authorities say the security forces are now in control of the area.

Read: Somali presidential palace 'under attack by Al-Shabaab'

Somali security forces 're-take presidential palace'

Somali security forces have now re-taken control of the presidential palace after a raid by Al-Shabaab militants, the country's interior minister is reported as saying.

The minister added that president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, was not harmed in the raid as he was elsewhere at the time.

Read: Somali presidential palace 'under attack by Al-Shabaab'

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Somali presidential palace 'under attack by Al-Shabaab'

The Somali presidential palace is under attack by Al-Shabaab militants, a spokesman for the terror group said.

"The militants have partly entered the presidential palace compound. There is periodic gunfire now," an official in the presidential palace who asked not to be named told Reuters. "I understand most attackers have been killed. No further details."

Al Shabaab confirmed they were involved. In a statement they said: "We have entered the so-called presidential palace. We have now captured some parts of the palace and fighting is still going on."

Suicide car bomb kills 2 near Somali parliament building

Two soldiers are now confirmed to have died and a further four wounded after a car bomb exploded near a Somali parliament building hundreds of metres from the presidential compound, according to a government official.

Police said soldiers guarding the building prevented the bomb from reaching its target.

"The suicide car bomb was targeting the parliament entrance but it was fired on from all sides as it approached the main gate," said Nur Ahmed, a colonel in the police service.

Read: Bomb explosion near Somali parliament leaves 1 dead

Bomb explosion near Somali parliament leaves 1 dead

At least one person was killed when a car bomb exploded near the Somali parliament building, Reuters reports.

The Somali parliament building. Credit: Reuters

Dahir Amin Jesow, a legislator in the house, told the news agency: "A car bomb occurred near the parliament house but we are all safe.

"I could see a dead soldier and three other injured soldiers outside parliament's compound which is safe."

The parliament building is a few hundred metres from the presidential compound.

Al-Shabaab hails Kenya attacks as 'a successful raid'

Torched vehicles on the outskirts of Mpeketoni this morning.
Torched vehicles on the outskirts of Mpeketoni this morning. Credit: Reuters

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Kenya yesterday.

In a statement, the Somali Islamist group said, "Commandos last night carried out a successful raid on the town of Mpeketoni."

As reasons, it cited the deployment of Kenyan troops to Somalia, and what it called Kenya's extra-judicial killings of Muslim scholars - a charge Nairobi has denied.

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Kenyan police: Somali Islamists are likely perpetrators

Residents stand in front of torched buildings in Mpeketoni, Kenya.
Residents stand in front of torched buildings in Mpeketoni, Kenya. Credit: Reuters

Kenyan police say Somalia's Al-Shabaab Islamist group is most likely to blame for Sunday night's assault on the town of Mpeketoni.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, in which at least 48 men were killed.

Read more: Somalia Prime Minister says Kenya attacks 'serve no purpose'

Somalia PM: Kenya attacks 'serve no purpose'

The prime minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, has condemned the attacks on a Kenyan coastal town that have killed at least 48 people.

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PM "I strongly condemn this outrageous attack on the #Kenyan people, and send my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones"

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Pm Abdiweli of #Somalia strongly condemns the vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians in #Kenya.

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This attack serve no purpose other than the murder of innocent people & only reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of the perpetrators.

Read more: Kenyan resort attackers used guns and explosives

Hollande condemns 'cowardly attack' on UN workers

President Francois Hollande has condemned an attack on a French and British UN worker in Somalia. The two men, who were working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, were shot dead at Galkayo Airport in north central Somalia.

France's President Francois Hollande Credit: ABACA/Press Association Images

In a statement, Mr Hollande said: "The French President condemns the cowardly murder of a Frenchman and a Briton on a UN mission in Somalia. They were acting for peace on behalf of the international community.

"France pays tribute to the work and courage of UN members all over the world. It stands alongside the Somali authorities in the fight against terrorism.

"François Hollande extends his condolences to our compatriot’s family and the British authorities."

Read: British UN worker shot dead in Somalia

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