Around 7:45 p.m. on Friday night, a powerful explosion followed by heavy gunfire heard in most parts of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, officials said.
A car bomb was set off near SYL - Somali youth league hotel next to Villa Somalia, the heavily fortified presidential palace of Somalia, killing more than 20 people, including soldiers and civilians.
Minutes later, a second car bomb exploded at the peace garden, not far from the SYL hotel compound, where the most casualties happened, according to the security officials.
Al shabaab claimed responsibility for the both attacks, saying it targeted the areas, where are frequented by senior Somali government officials, business people, Journalists and diaspora.
Medical sources say at least twenty other people were wounded in Tonight's twin car bombs in the horn of Africa capital.