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2 blasts, gunfire heard near Somalia's presidential palace

AP  |  Mogadishu (Somalia) 

Two large explosions followed by gunfire have been heard near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital.

The blasts come a week after a similar attack on the interior ministry compound in killed at least nine people.

The Somalia-based extremist group, an arm of al-Qaida, often targets high-profile places in the capital and claimed responsibility for the attack a week ago.

The threat from what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in has hurt efforts to strengthen Somalia's fragile government and stabilise the long-chaotic Horn of nation.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:15 IST