Somali Presidential Palace Shelling Prompts Security Operation

Somali security forces conduct operation in Dharkenley district southwest Mogadishu. on January 13. (PHOTO CREDIT: SONNA)

Somalia’s security forces launched a security operation in Mogadishu hours after al-Shabab militants fired mortars near the presidential palace.

The district commissioner ordered a security sweep in Hamarweyne district in search of the al-Shabab fighters responsible for the Mogadishu shelling.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for bombing government facilities, including the presidential palace.

Despite ongoing military operations in the country’s central regions, the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group continues to pose a threat and carry out deadly attacks.