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4 militants killed in attack on Somalia gov't compound used to train intelligence officials

  • A Somali soldier observes the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, June 21, 2015. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said. (AP Photo)

    A Somali soldier observes the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, June 21, 2015. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Somali soldier walks past the bodies of two suspected al-Shabab fighters who were killed while engaging in a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, June 21, 2015. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said. (AP Photo)

    A Somali soldier walks past the bodies of two suspected al-Shabab fighters who were killed while engaging in a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, June 21, 2015. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali police officer says four militants have been killed while trying to stage an attack on a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein said Sunday the attack started with a suicide car bombing outside the intelligence school, which killed two attackers. He says soldiers then shot two gunmen who had seemingly lost their way and stormed a civilian house close to their target.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group, which is waging an insurgency against the country's Western-backed weak government.

Al-Shabab has vowed it would step up attacks against Somali government and the African Union forces in Somalia during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.