GLOBAL ECONOMY

Somalia: 4 killed as extremists attack police headquarters

  • A Somali soldier stands near a destroyed building outside the police traffic station in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    A Somali soldier stands near a destroyed building outside the police traffic station in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somali police officers stand around the body of a suspected al-Shabab extremist in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali police officers stand around the body of a suspected al-Shabab extremist in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somali people remove their belongings after their shops were destroyed after a car bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali people remove their belongings after their shops were destroyed after a car bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, May, 9, 2016. A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring others. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber struck the entrance of the East African country's traffic police headquarters in the capital, killing four people and injuring nine others.

Mohamed Hassan said Monday that two police officers were among the dead and two armed extremists who tried to storm the traffic police premises in Mogadishu's Abdiaziz district were shot dead.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which shattered a period of calm in the seaside city.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia's major cities and towns, al-Shabab, which has ties with al-Qaida, continues to carry out deadly guerrilla attacks across the country.