Somali soldiers frisk residents at a checkpoint in Mogadishu on February 22, 2014 a day after nine Al-Shabab insurgents wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and grenades attacked the presidential palace. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB
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Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked militants said they had planned to either assassinate or abduct President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud when they attacked the presidential compound on Friday.Mohamud was unharmed in the assault.The strike was another reminder of the threat still posed by the rebels and how Somalia's fragile government is struggling to impose order more than two decades after the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre tipped the country into chaos.President Mohamud said on Friday the attack would not stop his government's work to rebuild Somalia and called Al-Shabab a "marginal group on the brink of extinction".
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