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Shabaab claims twin car blasts near Somali presidency

By AFP - Jul 14,2018 - Last updated at Jul 14,2018

People stand amid rubble of destroyed shops in Mogadishu on Saturday (AFP photo)

MOGADISHU — Three Al Shabaab gunmen were shot dead on Saturday after exchanging fire with security forces outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu in an attack in which two car bombs were also detonated, an official said.

Abdulahi Ahmed, a security official, said one vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a security barrier, while another detonated near a separate checkpoint close to the main entrance of the presidential palace.

Gunmen then tried to force their way through the checkpoint. 

"Three gunmen were killed and the two vehicles were detonated, there are no details yet," said Ahmed, adding that several civilians were wounded.

Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

The attack comes a week after five civilians were killed when two blasts targeted Somalia's internal security ministry. 

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