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18 dead after 2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia’s capital

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Two car bomb blasts rocked Somalia’s capital on Friday evening, followed by gunfire, police said, and an ambulance service said at least 18 people had been killed, CBC News reported.

The explosions shattered a months-long period of calm in Mogadishu, which is often the target of attacks by Al-Shabab extremist group. They also came a day after Somalia’s interior minister warned of an explosives-laden vehicle somewhere in the capital.

The first blast, apparently caused by a suicide car bomber, occurred near Somalia’s intelligence headquarters, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said.

He said the second blast occurred near parliament’s headquarters, where security forces were engaged with gunmen thought to be trying to attack the presidential palace. The vehicle had tried to speed through a checkpoint close to parliament headquarters, Hussein said.

The Aamin Ambulance service ferried 18 bodies and another 20 injured people after the blasts, director Abdirahman Abdulqadir said.
Last Modified: Friday، 23 February 2018 10:36 PM