According to Muawiye Mudeey, district commissioner of Mogadishu's Hamarjajab district, a suicide vehicle bomb burst near the Ceelgaab intersection, killing seven people and injuring eight others.
Guuled Ibrahim, a minivan driver and eyewitness, said he saw numerous individuals murdered in the incident.
â€œThe explosion was huge. After the blast occurred, there was gunfire. Minutes later, we rushed to the scene and it was horrific, with a lot of confusion,â€ Ibrahim said.
Shortly after the bombing, the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabaab terrorist organization claimed responsibility.
Several more similar attacks were carried out around the country by the same group.
A witness at the scene of the explosion told Reuters that the bomb destroyed seven automobiles and three rickshaws and that the whole the intersection was covered in blood.