In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, Somali government soldiers patrol following a blast near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)
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Twin car bombs exploded in Somalia's capital Friday, killing 18 people and wounding 20 others, the city's ambulance service said, and Islamist militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. Shooting broke out near the president's residence at the time of the blasts, police and ambulance services said. Police and witnesses said the second blast was a car bomb parked in front of a hotel away from the palace.Al-Shabab, who have claimed responsibility for previous bombings and gun attacks in the capital, said they killed 15 soldiers in Friday's attack.The bomb attacks were the deadliest since Al-Shabab began an insurgency in 2007 .
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