Mortar Bombs Strike Somali Region’s Presidential Palace As Parliamentary Vote Gets Underway

Somalia Southwest presidential palace

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Mortar shells struck the presidential palace of a Somali regional state on Saturday after the election for a number of federal parliament seats kicked off there under tight security.

Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility via its Andalus Radio, though regional officials have not immediately commented on the attack.

Several mortar bombs targeted the presidential palace of Somalia’s Southwest regional state in the town of Baidoa where voting for a number of parliament seats had begun shortly. Casualties have not been immediately clear, but the assault caused hours delay in the election.

Ethiopian military base at the airport of Baidoa was also among other targets hit by the mortar fire. Authorities did not say whether there were casualties among troops stationed in the area.

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