Death toll rises in Somalia car bombings

STORY: The number of people killed by two car bombs in Somalia's Mogadishu rose on Monday.

Health minister Ali Haji Aden said the death toll stood at 120, while a further 150 people were being treated in hospital.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Saturday's blasts - Somalia's deadliest attack since 2017 - when a truck bomb killed more than 500 people at the same location.

Mohamed Jamac Bare owns a shop in the busy area.

He said when the explosion happened, four people were in the shop and one was seriously injured.

When he managed to escape, he saw a lot of bodies.

The first explosion hit the education ministry at around 2 p.m., with the second one going off just minutes later as ambulances and help arrived.

Al Shabaab said it targeted the education ministry because they teach children using a Christian-based syllabus.

The group is seeking to topple the government and establish its own rule based on an extreme interpretation of Islamic law.

But it's been under pressure since August, when President Hassan Sheik Mohamud began an offensive against it, supported by the United Sates and allied local militants.

Analysts say the offensive is the most serious threat al Shabaab has faced in years.