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Attack on Police Headquarters in Mogadishu Kills 5

A Somali soldier stands near a destroyed building outside the police traffic station in Mogadishu, Somalia, May, 9, 2016.

At least five people were killed and 13 others wounded after an explosion and gunfire attack on Mogadishu traffic police headquarters in the east of Somalia's capital, medical sources and witnesses said.

Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said they heard a huge explosion followed by gunfire at the entrance of the traffic police headquarters near the old seaport in Shangani district. The traffic police center is located near the United Arab Emirates embassy.

A car bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber, and moments later a militant tried to enter the building, but was shot by police, security sources told VOA Somali Service.

Mogadishu ambulances services told VOA they recovered the bodies of five people and transported 13 others who were wounded.

Three police officers are among the dead, security sources say.