A bombing in the Somali capital has killed at least seven people, including a former senior regional administrator.
Investigators say the blast occurred Saturday at a busy intersection in Mogadishu as a vehicle carrying a former secretary of administration, Colonel Abdikafi Osman Hilowle, was passing by.
A reporter told VOA the administrator, who is currently part of the Somali national police force, is among those killed.
The al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. The al-Qaida-linked group has carried out several attacks over the past month targeting government officials.
The African Union and Somali troops have ousted al-Shabab militants from most of their strongholds in major cities but the militants have continued to carry out attacks.