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Two killed in Mogadishu car bomb blast

Two people have died in a car bomb blast in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Police officer Ahmed Hassan said the parked car exploded outside a shopping centre along the Maka Almukarramah road in the heart of the city.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which also damaged nearby buildings and cars, but suspicion has fallen on the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida.

The city has seen a series of attacks from al-Shabab, which is waging an insurgency against the country's weak government.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia's major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly attacks across the country.

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