Presidential palace gate hit, Somali president safe   2014-02-21 19:17:06            

MOGADISHU, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The gate of the presidential palace was hit in an attack Friday in the Somali capital Mogadishu and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is safe, police and the UN office in the Horn of Africa country said.

A huge explosion and gunfire were heard in one of the most serious attacks by the Al-Qaida linked terror group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu in recent years.

Al-Shabaab last launched a suicide bomb attack near the gate of the Somali prime minister's office at the presidential palace in January 2013, killing a soldier and injuring two others.

Editor: Lu Hui
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