Militants, troops exchange fire at Somalia's presidential palace

July 8, 2014 7:54 PM

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(CNN) -- Militants with the Islamist group al-Shabaab stormed Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu before security forces defeated them in a gunfight Tuesday, Somali authorities said.

The attack would be one of several that al-Shabaab has made against government buildings or politicians in the capital in recent days as the al Qaeda-linked group presses its campaign to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state.

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