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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 23 January 2019

Somalia: Two explosions kill five near presidential palace in Mogadishu

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Al Shabab regularly conducts attacks in the country

A soldier holds position as the damage is assessed after Al Shabaab hit a European Union armoured convoy in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reuters
A soldier holds position as the damage is assessed after Al Shabaab hit a European Union armoured convoy in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reuters

At least five people were killed and four wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Somali capital on Saturday, a police officer said.

The car bomb detonated in the city centre of Mogadishu on Saturday, causing huge clouds of smoke to rise above the city, followed by a second explosion nearby.

"A suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near the national theatre. We have no casualties details now," police official Ahmed Abdi told Reuters.

A Reuters witness said a second blast went off near the scene of the first one. The checkpoint is also about 400 metres away from the president's residence

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda affiliate, regularly conducts attacks in the country.

More follows.

Updated: December 22, 2018 12:04 PM

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