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MOGADISHU - Somalia's president came under mortar attack in his palace yesterday as gun battles erupted in the violent capital and two government aides were killed in a remote-controlled roadside bombing.
President Abdullahi Yusuf, left, was unharmed during the 10-minute attack, presidential spokesman Hussein Mohamoud Hussein said. But a 12-year-old boy was killed by a mortar that missed the palace, the boy's father said. Three of his children were also injured by shrapnel.
Insurgents launched their most violent attacks since the interim government took control of Mogadishu at the beginning of the year, firing six mortars at the hill-top palace only hours after the president moved to the city.
Ethiopian tanks quickly sealed off the area and several hundred Ethiopian and government troops created a 50m cordon around the palace.
The attacks came a day after the Somali parliament voted to return from the current government base in the southern farming town of Baidoa to the capital, which is home to about two million people.
"Six mortars have been fired at the presidential palace," Abdiwahid Haji Mumin, the dead boy's father, said. "Two have hit inside the palace and four outside."
Mumin, whose other children were injured, said they were sleeping when the mortar hit.
"It is sad to see your children being killed in front of you and you can't do anything," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday a roadside bomb killed two Somali government aides, an eyewitness said . - Sapa