Somali rebels attack the parliament building in the southwestern town of Baidoa, killing five guards amid more blasts in the town.
Somali lawmakers were shocked as they found anti-government militias shooting mortars at parliament compound, also known as ADC Building, Press TV correspondent said.
Five parliamentary guards were killed in the crossfire that followed and continued for less than an hour.
Meanwhile, many civilians have left their homes to go to safe places outside Baidoa since hundreds of insurgents entered the town and targeted the parliament premises.
The attack marked a rare incident among the usual hit-and-run skirmishes between the Ethiopian-backed Somali soldiers and anti-government gunmen.
The clashed are still going on in Baidoa while the insurgents have vowed to drive the foreign troops and their ‘puppets’ out of Somalia.