Aftermath of car bombs at Somali education ministry

STORY: A Reuters journalist near the blast site said the two explosions occurred within minutes of each other and smashed windows in the vicinity. Blood from victims of the blasts covered the tarmac just outside the building, he said.

A police officer guarding the ministry, who gave his name as Hassan, told Reuters he saw at least 12 bodies and more than 20 people wounded.

State news agency SONNA, said the blasts had caused "scores of civilian casualties including independent journalist Mohamed Isse Kona."

It was not known who was behind the blasts, but the Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.