MOGADISHU, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) condemned the twin bomb attacks which occurred in Mogadishu on Saturday morning.
It stated that these attacks will not deter efforts by international community to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.
In separate statements, Francisco Madeira, special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of AMISOM, said on Saturday night that the attacks by the terrorist group will not prevent ongoing efforts to secure Somalia.
These attacks by al-Shabab will not change the course of progress happening in Somalia, said Madeira.
According to local officials, at least 15 people were killed when suicide car bombs exploded near Somali National Theater in the vicinity of the presidential palace.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the explosions. Among the fatalities was a prominent Somali journalist with the London-based Universal Television.