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    (File) Heavily armed somalis soldiers seal the area after a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Huge Blast Rocks in Somalia's Capital Mogadishu - Police

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    Somali police have reported a large explosion, gunfire near the parliament headquarters in Mogadishu.

    A car bomb was detonated after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle near parliament headquarters in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, killing four people and ten people have been injured, the Associated Press stated, citing senior police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

    A few hours earlier, another car had reportedly exploded outside the capital killing one person plus the driver, according to the police. Officer Mohamed Abdi told AP news that the explosion had occurred after soldiers arrived at the scene to examine a "suspicious" car which had become stuck on a sandy road in the Sinka Dheer area.

    Mogadishu is a frequent target of attacks by extremist groups in Africa.

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