At least two people have been killed and a number of civilians wounded in the attack for which no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Months of political tensions over the holding of elections in the fragile Horn of Africa nation have burst into the open, prompting the United Nations to call for "calm and restraint."
Police say the driver defied orders to stop on Saturday morning, and police opened fire as passersby ran for their lives.
A suicide car bomb blast at Hotel Afrik, followed by a shootout between terrorists reportedly from al Shabab and security forces, killed at least nine people, including four attackers.
Security forces were seen surrounding the area, where cars are inspected en route to the airport and where politicians regularly gather at the hotel.
The al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which has killed at least five people, including two Turks, and wounded 14. Turkey's Foreign Ministry condemns the attack.
Nabil al Kurd is one of the Palestinians under threat of eviction from their homes, as an Israeli court decides to demolish the properties they built in two districts of the occupied East Jerusalem to expand Jewish settlement.
The move comes after Kenya hosted the leadership of Somaliland, a breakaway state not recognised by Mogadishu, following months of tensions between the two neighbours.
Attacker blows himself up in an ice-cream parlour in capital Mogadishu, killing six people and wounding eight others, officials say.
In Mogadishu, thick smoke billowed over the port area after police Colonel Ahmed Ali said the car bomber detonated near the gates of the motor vehicle imports duty authority headquarters.
"The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded," police officer Mohamed Muktar said.
There are innumerable accounts from local sources and media as well as rights organisations that contradict the US claim.
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