Four people were killed and five injured when a car loaded with explosives detonated on a busy road in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said Wednesday 17th April.
Somalia's deputy police chief Zakia Hussein, in a statement on Twitter, wrote, "So far we can confirm four dead and five wounded. We offer our condolences to the victims."
Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, director of the private Aamin Ambulance service, said his team had collected 13 wounded people and one dead body. It was not clear if these victims had been counted by police, according to AFP.
"The blast was very huge and I saw smoke and shrapnel everywhere around the area, the police have cordoned off the road and ambulances were rushing to the scene to collect casualties," said witness Mohamed Abdikarin.
The explosion occurred along the busy Maka Al-Mukarama road despite a recent increase in police checkpoints in the capital following a hike in bomb attacks by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab jihadists.
On March 28th a car bomb ripped through a restaurant, killing 15 people just days after al-Shabab gunmen attacked a complex that housed government ministries, killing 11 people, including the deputy labour minister.