Large clouds of smoke overcast Somali capital after a huge explosion was heard on Wednesday, a witness said. The cause was yet to be determined. The blast came from the direction of a busy road in Mogadishu.
This comes after Al-Shabaab Islamist group last Saturday attacked complex housing government ministries, killing at least 11 people. The assault was a sign of the insurgency's continued ability to strike at the heart of Somalia's government, despite years of foreign military support for Mogadishu.
Attacks that combine bombings with gunmen have become a specialty of the Al-Qaeda linked group, which is running an armed insurrection against what it sees as a heretic and foreign influence in Somalia.