Mogadishu: A car loaded with explosives blew up near a mall in a busy market in the Somali capital killing nine people on Monday, police said.
Several persons were also wounded in the incident.
Police officer Ahmed Moalin Ali said:”The blast occurred close to Mogadishu mall and it has caused death and destruction. Nine civilians were confirmed dead and several others are wounded”.
He said some of the victims died in a building that collapsed as a result of the blast in the Hamarweyne market.
Eye witnesses said they saw the dead bodies of four people recovered from the debris of a collapsed building and three others were strewn dead outside after the blast had blown them.
They said several people were wounded and some were screaming before the ambulances arrived.
According to reports, Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamist group Al-Shabaab is regularly targeting Mogadishu.
Although the terror group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 it has retained control of large rural regions of the country. It continues to wage a guerrilla war against the authorities, reports said.