Five soldiers and police have been killed in the Somali capital and a dozen others were wounded by mortar and gun attacks by Islamist militants.
The Al Qaeda-linked militants responsible for the carnage have threatened to step up attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Al Shabaab fighters said they detonated a car bomb that killed two soldiers guarding the Somali parliament, a few hundred metres from the presidential compound.
'This is our second attack against the parliament building and we shall continue it,' said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations.
Car bomb kills at least two people near Somali parliament
Police said soldiers guarding the parliament building had prevented it 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.
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