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2009-05-28 Africa Horn
7 killed in attack on Somali presidential palace
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Posted by Fred 2009-05-28 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [825 views ]  Top
 File under: al-Shabaab 

#1 Found this pre-report of the festivities, though I don't see a publication date.

The Somali Islamist movement of al-Shabab is going to launch a big offensive to the presidential palace to overthrow the fledgling government, sources told Mareeg on Tuesday.

The move comes as thousands of civilians fled from the capital, and it is unpredictable what will happen to the remaining civilians in Mogadishu if the plan puts on practice.

Sources say Somali officials of al-Shabab suggested a plan to attack and capture the presidential palace but the Shabab foreign officials said it is good to use artillery at first to weaken the power of the government soldiers and the AU troops who are defending the president and his staff.

Sheik Hussein Ali Fidow, the head of policy and regions of al-Shabab confirmed that foreign fighters are fighting along them and he warned against the people to describe expatriates.

The Shabab officials had a meeting in a house in the corner district of Deyniile in Mogadishu and decided to launch a big offensive to dislodge the fragile government from the country.

Residents said that at least 18 battle wagons from Kismayu have reached in Mogadishu on Tuesday to participate the fighting against the government.

The Islamists are making reinforcement from Gedo, Bay, and Bakol regions in southern Somalia to overthrow the UN-recognized government and establish an Islamic state in Somalia.

The African Union troops are defending some key areas in Mogadishu like the presidential palace, the port, and the airport.
Posted by Seafarious 2009-05-28 00:12||   2009-05-28 00:12|| Front Page Top

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