Somalis walk near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, May 22, 2019.
Somalis walk near the wreckage after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, May 22, 2019.

Police in Somalia say former foreign minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye was among at least five people killed when a car bomb exploded Wednesday near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu.

At least 13 other people were injured. 

Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast, saying they were targeting soldiers, lawmakers and other government officials. 

Al-Shabab frequently carries out bomb blasts in the capital near the presidential compound and at hotels frequented by government officials and foreigners.