Somali security forces say the deadly vehicle bomb attack on a mall at Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district was probably carried out by dreaded militant group Al-Shabab.
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.
"There was a strong explosion at the Hamarweyne market", said police officer Ibrahim Mohamed.
Captain Mohamed Hussein said at least nine people were also injured in the blast by an explosives-laden auto parked near a mall close to Mogadishu's local government offices, in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district.
TRT World's Reagan Des Vignes reports.
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"The bombing follows a United States airstrike which killed 13 suspected Al-Shabaab fighters outside Mogadishu yesterday", said The New Arab's James Brownsell.
Police said earlier that two people had been killed but that the death toll would likely rise. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility. Its latest assault in neighboring Kenya, a suicide and gun attack at an office and hotel complex in the capital Nairobi last month, killed 21 people.
The group's stated aim is to remove the Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.