Suicide car bomb kills 2 near Somali parliament building

Two soldiers are now confirmed to have died and a further four wounded after a car bomb exploded near a Somali parliament building hundreds of metres from the presidential compound, according to a government official.

Police said soldiers guarding the building prevented the bomb 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.