At least two people were killed and 11 others injured when a car loaded with explosives went off in the restive Somali capital, Mogadishu on Monday.

The police said a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device had targeted the ex-Control security checkpoint but was foiled by the security officers at the junction.

“The suicide bombers had targeted the revenue office at the Ex-Control security checkpoint but the police stopped the speeding vehicle which had improvised explosive devices,” said a police officer who declined to be named.

He said the incident sparked an exchange of gunfire between the security forces and the car’s occupants, leaving some soldiers injured.

The latest terror attack comes barely a week after the security intelligence agency arrested a senior al-Shabab leader behind a recent attack in the Horn of Africa nation.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Monday attack.

The government and African Union forces have been on major offensives against al-Shabab militants in central and southern Somali regions, but the militants still hold swaths of territory in those regions, conducting ambushes and planting roadside bombs. Enditem

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