Flames and smoke rose over the
explosion as emergency vehicles drove to the scene. The blast happened
close to the Somali government's headquarters.
Mohamed Abdi, a
police officer who was injured in the blast, said it appeared that the
target of the attack was a truck of Somali intelligence officials. Abdi
Mohamud Aden, a Somali police captain, said at least seven people were
killed and 10 wounded. He said that number could rise.
journalist who was wounded in the blast while sitting in a nearby
restaurant said several people inside the restaurant were injured.
militant group al-Shabab has continued to carry out terror attacks in
Somalia's capital since being pushed out of Mogadishu in late 2011. No
one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.