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Two killed in Somalia car bomb

The bomb exploded a few hundred metres from the presidential compound.

Two people have died after a car bomb exploded a few hundred from the Somali presidential compound. Picture: Wikipedia.

MOGADISHU - Two people were killed when a car bomb exploded near the Somali parliament building in Mogadishu on Saturday, a few hundred metres from the presidential compound.

Police said soldiers guarding the building prevented it from reaching its target.

"The suicide car bomb was targeting the parliament entrance but it was fired on from all sides as it approached the main gate," said Nur Ahmed, a colonel in the police service.

Police said two soldiers were killed and four wounded.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

Al Shabaab militants, who threatened to step up attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday, were not immediately available for comment.

Government forces blocked all roads leading to the area and the sound of ambulances could be heard.