A suicide car bombing on Saturday near the presidential palace in Mogadishu has killed at least 15 people and wounded at least 17 others, the police said. A second blast nearby went off shortly after. The Shabaab, an Islamist group linked to Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for both explosions. They said the second explosion was also been a car bomb.
Among the dead are a prominent journalist, Awil Dahir Salad, two security personnel and a driver working for the local TV station whose car was passing the checkpoint at which the first blast went off, according to another reporter.