Eight people are killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a checkpoint near the Somali parliament in Mogadishu while the second blast on a key road leading to the airport did not cause any casualties, officials say.
Officials say police officers were killed when their vehicle struck an explosive device in Wajir County near Somali border, in a suspected militant attack.
Somali militant group Al Shabab claims responsibility for the attack in capital Mogadishu, killing former foreign minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye among others.
Attack ends on a government building in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police say, adding those killed also include deputy labour minister Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla.
The Somali-based branch of Al Qaeda has sharpened its focus on East African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Sudan, recruiting hundreds if not thousands of fighters.
Nine people were wounded in the attack, claimed by Al Shabab militant group, near a restaurant in central Mogadishu, police say.
Gunmen battled security forces in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday morning, hours after insurgents launched a car bomb attack in a busy street that left at least 29 dead, police said.
With frequent statements in the press about the success of airstrikes against ‘militants’ in Somalia and other countries, how much do we really know about who these victims are?
A US Africa Command statement says the air strikes occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shabelle region.
Mukhtar Robow, a former Al Shabab deputy commander has raised questions in Somalia about what to do with former militants and if they have a future in politics.
US Africa Command said the air strike near Jilib in Middle Juba region against Al Shabab militants followed an attack on Somali forces.
Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet says six more bodies were found at the luxury hotel targeted by Al Shabab, the militant group that says the attack was in retaliation to US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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