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A vehicle bomb explosion has claimed the lives of at least six civilians in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, police say.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a burning vehicle at the scene of an attack where a auto laden with explosives rammed into a cafeteria in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, May 8, 2017.
"I heard a huge explosion on Maka al-Mukarama Street and saw at least seven injured people", Abshir said.
"We have confirmed the death of five people in the explosion, Ten other people are injured, "The Global Times reported citing police officer Mohamed Ali".
Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of AMIN ambulances, said his organization had removed eight bodies from the scene and taken more than two dozen wounded to hospital.
Osman said the death of Badil significantly "disrupts the terrorist group's ability to operate in Lower Shabelle, which is a major step towards peace in the region".
Al Shabaab was not immediately reachable for comment.
"We are behind the blast", Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's military operations spokesman, told Reuters. In the past, the group has targeted military, intelligence, police and immigration personnel.
Despite being ousted from most cities and towns, al-Shabab continue to carry out deadly attacks in Mogadishu and across large parts of Somalia.
The auto exploded next to an Italian cafe on a key thoroughfare in the centre of the city which leads to the presidential palace, in the latest such attack in the violence-scarred country. Earlier on Monday, three Somali soldiers on an ordnance-clearing mission were killed after a roadside bomb planted by the insurgents exploded at a point 90 kilometres north of the capital.
Since 1991. That was when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre before turning on each other.