Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab
Somali terrorist group Al ShabaabReuters File

At least eight people, including two fighters from terror outfit Al Shabaab, were reportedly killed after two car bombs hit the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in the city of Mogadishu in Somalia.

Loud explosions could be heard, while gunfire was going on inside the building.

The first car bomb hit the gate of the CID headquarters, followed by the second one, after which Al Shabaab fighters stormed into the building.

The CID building also serves as a prison for the country's police force.

A Somali police officer was quoted by Voice of America as saying that everyone inside the building was "safe" and that the attackers were shot dead before they could enter the headquarters.

"Security forces in full control of the CID HQs after Al-Shabab gunmen tried to take over following two car bombs," the police said.

This is a developing story.