In the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, a suicide bomber killed more than 13 people and injured at least 17 people near the presidential palace on Saturday.
The Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group claimed responsibility for both the attacks, the group is known to frequently target the city.
A second explosion was heard shortly afterwards, “The first suicide car bomb at the checkpoint killed five people mostly security soldiers,” said Major Mohamed Hussein.
“Four others were injured. Death toll may rise. It is too early to have details of second blast.”
The group commented over Radio Andalus and said the second explosion was targeting people who had responded to the aftermath of the first.
Ahmed Abdi, another police officer, said the car bomb exploded at a checkpoint just 400 metres from the president’s residence.Al-Shabaab aims to dislodge Somalia’s central government and impose rule based on a strict interpretation of sharia law.