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The attack is the deadliest terror incident in Mogadishu since 2017 when a truck bomb killed nearly 1,000 people and wounded hundreds of others.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The president of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has announced that at least 100 people have died and over 300 others were wounded in the two car bombings in Mogadishu on Saturday at around 2:15 P.M local time.
The massive explosions near the busy Zoobe Junction targeted the Ministry of Education compound which is located along the road that is lined with businesses and hotels.
The Somali government said it received missing reports related to the attack. The dead include a TV reporter Mohamed Isse Koona, who died in the second blast while covering the first one.
Two other journalists - Feisal Omar, a Reuters photographer, and a VOA Somali service reporter are among hundreds of people wounded in the car bombings, and they are treated at hospitals.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who visited the scene of the carnage has confirmed the death toll and instructed the government to seek abroad medical treatment for the severely wounded people.
The attack comes as the Somali army makes gains against Al-Shabaab in central regions - Hiran and Galgadud, where the group was driven out of most of its strongholds since last month.
Saturday's attack is the deadliest terror incident in Mogadishu since 14th October 2017 when a truck bomb killed nearly 1,000 people and wounded hundreds of others.