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Car bomb in Somalia's capital kills 2 near president's house

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A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police officer in Somalia says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint at the presidential palace in the capital killed at least two people.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that a car exploded by the rear entrance of the hilltop presidential palace and appeared to have been targeting security forces stationed at a nearby security checkpoint.

He said one person has also been injured. He said the car appeared to have been parked and was detonated remotely, adding that security forces arrested a man suspected to have been the driver of the car.

A Somali soldier walks near wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of a car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of a car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of a car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019. A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019. A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019.  A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday March 7, 2019. A Somali police officer says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Somali capital killed at least two people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)