Somalia's Shebab claim they 'control presidential palace'

Somali boys chant as they watch hard-line Islamist fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab parade in the streets of Mogadishu on October 30, 2009 (AFP Photo/Abdurashid Abikar) (AFP/File)

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels said Tuesday they had taken control of the office of the country's internationally-backed president following a major assault on the presidential palace.

"Our commandos are inside the so-called presidential office," Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP. "We are in control of the headquarters of the apostate regime."