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Car bomb explodes in Mogadishu

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An African Union soldiers walks through a damaged part of a perimeter wall on February 13, 2012 surrounding the Mogadishu University that the African Union and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers captured in January from rebel group al-Shebab. Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said today he hoped an upcoming conference in London on the war-torn country would produce a 'Marshall Plan' to end two decades of chaos. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Tony Carumba/AFP/Getty Images)

A car bomb exploded Friday afternoon in a police compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Associated Press said. 

Reuters reported that the police arrested a man suspected of carrying bombs and his car exploded while outside the police station, injuring two officers. "It went off prematurely as we were waiting for bomb experts to come and disarm the car," an officer told Reuters. The AP said police suspect it was detonated by a remote control.

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AlertNet reported that refugees are fleeing increasing violence in the country's Afgooye corridor, which is outside Mogadishu. The area, which is home to a large population of internally displaced people who fled violence in other parts of Somalia, exploded in violence on Tuesday.

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Oxfam told AlertNet that just after famine conditions eased slightly, violence returned. The aid agency reported: "We passed thousands of people fleeing the fighting on foot. We have never seen such a massive influx of people on the move at one time."

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