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8 killed, 16 hurt as explosions rock Somalia's capital

An ambulance service says eight people are dead after a pair of explosions in Somalia's capital.

Dr. Abdiqadir Aden with the Aamin ambulance says another 16 people were wounded, some seriously, in Saturday's blasts.

He says a car bomb detonated near the Somali parliament headquarters in Mogadishu and caused the most damage.

Medical workers help a man who was wounded in a bomb attack, at a hospital in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP PhotoFarah Abdi Warsameh)

There is no immediate claim of responsibility but the al-Shabab extremist group often targets the capital with high-profile bombings.

The body of one of the victims of a bomb attack is brought to the morgue at a hospital in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP PhotoFarah Abdi Warsameh)

A man walks past the wreckage of an official vehicle that was destroyed in a bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP PhotoFarah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces stand near the wreckage of three-wheeled vehicles destroyed in a bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP PhotoFarah Abdi Warsameh)

Security forces stand near the wreckage of an official vehicle that was destroyed in a bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP PhotoFarah Abdi Warsameh)