Somali leader fires police, intelligence chiefs

2014-07-09 11:45
Somalia's president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. (File: AP)

Somalia's president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. (File: AP)

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Mogadishu - Somalia's government has fired the police and intelligence chiefs the day after Islamic militants attacked and entered the heavily guarded presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.

Information Minister Mustafa Dhuhulow told reporters on Wednesday that police commander Abdihakim Saaid and intelligence chief Bashir Gobe had been replaced immediately.

Dhuhulow said soldiers shot dead three of four militants who forced their way into the presidential palace late on Tuesday, sparking an exchange of heavy gunfire as government troops and African Union peacekeepers tried to repel the attackers.

The fourth militant was wounded, he said.

The presidency says the attack was foiled and no government official was hurt.

The attack was the second assault on the presidential palace this year.

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