BREAKING: Explosions, mortar attacks rock Mogadishu on the eve of elections

Explosions rang out across Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, just hours ahead of the National Poll

Two mortar rounds hit near the Aden Abdulle International Airport followed by a third that reportedly hit the Hamar Weyne neighborhood.

The airport is where the presidential elections will be held

20 minutes later, a loud explosion was heard near KM4 roundabout, one of the main thoroughfares in the capital.

Al Shabaab is widely believed to be behind the attacks. The group has vowed to disrupt the elections and is proving that it can plan and carry out attacks with impunity. During the election campaign, nearly all the candidates have made the fight against Al-Shabaab the hallmark of their political agenda.

The attack comes during a complete 48-hour lockdown from until the conclusion of the Somali presidential elections on tomorrow.

Thousands of soldiers, officers, and other security personnel have been deployed to patrol the streets and enforce the curfew.

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