Mortars hit Mogadishu Green Zone as MPs to take the oath

It is not known who fired the mortars and where, but it appears the attack was intended to disrupt the lawmakers' swearing-in ceremony.

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Mortars hit Mogadishu Green Zone as MPs to take the oath

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A salvo of mortars struck Mogadishu, the war-torn Somali capital as new parliamentarians were preparing to take the oath at Afisyoni hanger near the airport.

The local security officials said there were no casualties as a result of mortar shelling that sent a wave of shock among the residents and the new lawmakers gathered for the swearing-in.

It is not known who fired the mortars and where, but it appears the attack was intended to disrupt the lawmakers' swearing-in ceremony. Last month, two Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked the airport.

More than 250 members out of the 329-seat parliament were elected from the country's regional states and the capital will be sworn in today

There are unelected members, including 16 in Garbaharey whose election was marred by a dispute between Jubaland leader Ahmed Madobe and the outgoing President Farmajo.

The election body FEIT has removed Fahad Yasin, Farmajo's security adviser, and former intelligence director from the released list of lawmakers, sparking a dispute.

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