Double bombing rocks Somalia's Mogadishu

Aamin ambulance drives from the scene of an explosion near the Presidential palace in Mogadishu Somalia

Aamin ambulance drives from the scene of an explosion near the Presidential palace in Mogadishu Somalia

"I felt the ground shaking under my feet", said resident Mohamud Yusuf, who was near the first blast.

The first vehicle bomb exploded near the Somalia presidential palace followed by a gun battle between security forces and terrorist al-Shabaab attackers, according to state media.

Twin vehicle bombs killed 18 people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday in an attack by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but security forces shot dead five assailants, officials said.

The second blast targeted a security checkpoint near the Somali national intelligence and security agency headquarters in Mogadishu.

Abdirahman Abdulqadir, the director of Aamin Ambulance service, tells The Associated Press that at least another 20 people have been injured in the attack.

Islow said that the government will soon announce the death toll from the double auto bombing.

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Al Shabaab, who have claimed responsibility for previous bombings and gun attacks in the capital, said they killed 15 soldiers in Friday's attack, but this could not be confirmed.

The attack comes a day after the Somali government had issued a "terror warning" in the capital.

Four of the attackers, including a suicide bomber, were also killed, Security official Mohamed Hassan said.

The extremist group is blamed for the October truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people. Then another blast followed, with gunfire.

Only a few attacks since September 11 have killed more people.

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