Mogadishu, July 14: At least seven people were killed and several others injured on Saturday in two explosions near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, police officials said. Also Read - UK's Chief Nurse Makes Emotional Speech Asking People to Stay Inside For Aimee And Areema, Nurses Who Died From Coronavirus

A car packed with explosives blew up at around midday near the main entrance to the Villa Somalia, the official residence of Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi, Efe news reported. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim

The first blast was followed by a shootout between alleged members of Somali militant group al-Shabab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, and members of the security forces who were guarding the building, reports say. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cinema Halls in Jammu to be Closed Till March 31, Total Positive Cases Rise to 60 Across India

Another vehicle blew up in the vicinity minutes later.

“For now, the death toll stood at seven, while a number of others were injured,” commander Mohamed Nuur told the agency. The government did not rule out the possibility of the death toll rising.

Saturday’s blasts came a week after a deadly attack on the country’s Interior Ministry, which was also claimed by al-Shabab militants.