A suicide car bomb rammed into a local government office in Somalia's capital on Monday, killing at least six people in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab.

Somali people watch at the car bomb exploded site outside of a local government office in Mogadishu, Somalia, on September 10, 2018. According to Somali police and rescue workers, six people were killed and 16 were injured by the explosion.
Somali people watch at the car bomb exploded site outside of a local government office in Mogadishu, Somalia, on September 10, 2018. According to Somali police and rescue workers, six people were killed and 16 were injured by the explosion. ( AFP )

Six people were killed and another 16 injured when a car bomb exploded outside a local government office in Mogadishu on Monday, Somali police and rescue workers said.

"Our ambulance teams have collected the dead bodies of six people," said Abdiqadir Abdirahman, director of the city's Aamin Ambulance service.

He said 16 others were wounded in the blast. 

Police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said a vehicle had rammed a security checkpoint outside the Hodan district headquarters then exploded. 

"The blast was huge," he said.

TRT World spoke to journalist Mohammed Ibrahim Bul for the latest.

The explosion levelled buildings and left a thick plume of smoke which could be seen across the city.

"It caused a huge blast and there was dust everywhere," said Osman Ali, who was in the area at the time.

Images from the scene showed collapsed buildings — including a mosque — with rescue workers and civilians picking through the debris.

Nur Adan, a bystander, told AFP he saw "several dead bodies being recovered from under wreckage" and that the blast had destroyed two local mosques. 

The attack was claimed by Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda-aligned terror group fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.

Active for the last decade, the militants carry out regular bombings and armed assaults on government, military and civilian targets in the capital.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies