Photos and videos from the scene of the second explosion show that the blast reportedly happened in an area between the national theatre, Hawo Tako, and the national museum. Later in the day, media reported that another explosion took place in Mogadishu allegedly targeting Mohamed Tulah, the deputy governor for security in the Somali region of Benadir.
"At least 25 people were killed and 40 injured on Saturday morning in 2 separate car bombings in the Somali capital", Dalsan TV reported on Twitter.
Earlier it was reported that 6 people had died and more than 13 more had been injured.
Update Dalsan reporters reported a car filled with explosives was detonated at a security checkpoint near National Theater in #Mogadishu— Radio Dalsan (@DalsanFM) 22 декабря 2018 г.
At least 6 people were killed and more than 13 others injured pic.twitter.com/EqwPiwyqGb
According to Col. Ahmed Mohamud soldiers and civilians are among the victims of the explosion.
"The death toll has risen to 13 people including civilians and soldiers. Seventeen others were injured. The casualties are from the two blasts", Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer stated as cited by Reuters.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) 22 декабря 2018 г.
The Al-Shabab* terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Xinhua news.
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Two blasts hit the capital in July, killing ten people and injuring at least 20, according to police reports.
Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed factions in the early 1990s. Al-Shabab*, which has sworn allegiance to the Al-Qaeda terror group, has been staging numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose a radical version of Sharia law.
*The al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda are terrorist groups banned in Russia