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Somali president escapes injury in palace attack

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Nine al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and grenades died after attacking the presidential palace with two car bombs today in an assault the president called a “media spectacular” by a “dying animal.”

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed, but two government officials were killed, the interior ministry said.

The attack underscores a worrying new trend in Mogadishu: That despite a period of relative calm following al-Shabab’s ouster from Mogadishu in August 2011, militants have…

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