An explosives-laden car that apparently was targeting a truck full of Somali government officials instead hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a nearby mini-bus on fire and wounding people on the street and in a nearby restaurant Monday, a police officer and witnesses said.
Flames and smoke rose over the explosion as emergency vehicles drove to the scene. The blast happened close to the Somali government's headquarters.
Mohamed Abdi, a police officer who was injured in the blast, said it appeared that the target of the attack was a truck of Somali intelligence officials.
Isaaq Hassan, who was washing cars near the blast, said he saw about a half dozen bodies lying in the street afterward.
No official was immediately available to provide casualty figures.
A journalist who was wounded in the blast while sitting in a nearby restaurant said several people inside the restaurant were injured.
The militant group al-Shabab has continued to carry out terror attacks in Somalia's capital since being pushed out of Mogadishu in late 2011. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.