2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia's capital; 3 said killed

Mogadishu bomb attack Death toll rises to 38

Mogadishu bomb attack Death toll rises to 38

Almost 40 people died in the violence, which broke out in Mogadishu on Friday night, medical sources said.

Islow said that the government would soon announce the death toll from the attacks. At least one soldier died as well.

The explosions came a day after Somalia's interior minister warned of an explosives-laden vehicle somewhere in the capital.

At least 29 people were killed and dozens wounded after double auto bomb blasts rocked the Somalia capital on Friday evening, emergency officials said Saturday.

The Somalia-based al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack via its radio arm, Andalus.

After the first auto bomb, armed militants in a vehicle sped toward the palace and encountered heavy resistance from the presidential guards at a second checkpoint and a gunfight broke out there.

"A few minutes later, the second vehicle bomb went off near a newly opened hotel", Abdi said.

The first bomb went off near the presidential palace followed by a gunfight between security forces and al-Shabaab attackers, according to state media.

Police officer Ahmed Hassan said militants who stormed the palace were wearing Somali police uniforms.

Since that attack, the deadliest ever in Somalia, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has vowed to eradicate al-Shabaab.