Twin blasts kill five in attack on Somalia's security ministry

A suicide car bomber detonated at the gate of the interior ministry

A suicide auto bomber detonated at the gate of the interior ministry.

The ministry also said that Turkey "will continue to stand by the Somali people and its Government in the fight against terrorism and in providing stability".

Journalists say al-Shabab fighters stormed the ministry of the interior and national security after detonating two auto bombs.

At least 13 people were wounded, Mohamed Adam, a paramedic, said.

Police Captain Mohamed Hussein said the attack began on Saturday morning when a suicide vehicle bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the interior ministry, located close to the presidential palace and the headquarters of parliament.

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"We have learnt with great sorrow that many civilians lost their lives and were injured as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated in Mogadishu", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The al-Qaida linked al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the capital Mogadishu. The compound also holds Somalia's security ministry.

It was blamed for two attacks last October, which left more than 500 people dead.

The group is fighting to overthrow Somalia's central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law in the Horn of Africa country. At least two USA military personnel have been killed.

The U.S. military and others in the worldwide community have expressed concern about the plan for Somalia's security forces to take over the country's security from a multinational African Union force over the next few years, saying the local troops are not yet ready.

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