A car bomb has exploded outside the international airport in Somalia’s capital, killing at least eight people and wounding nine others, a local doctor said.
The al-Shabab extremist group claimed the attack, saying it was targeting “white officials”.
Dr Abdulkadir Adam, at the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, told the Associated Press about the death toll.
The al Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which controls parts of Somalia, said on its Radio Andalus that a convoy of “white officials” was the target.
The extremist group often carries out bombings at high-profile locations in the capital.
He said an investigation was under way and gave a toll of five soldiers killed and five civilians injured.
The international airport hosts the US Embassy, among other diplomatic offices.
The African Union peacekeeping mission has been asked to contribute security outside Somalia’s presidential palace, where opposing armed factions supporting President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble have been present.
The two leaders disagree over who should be in charge of security in the country, among other issues
The president last month tried to limit the powers of Mr Roble, who called it an attempted coup.