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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Two soldiers died when a car bomb exploded as they were trying to defuse it in Somalia's capital on Wednesday, police said.

The men were dismantling part of the car when the device went off, Major Nur Ahmed told Reuters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but al Shabaab militants have launched a string of attacks in Mogadishu and beyond in their bid to impose their brand of Islam.

Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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