MOGADISHU, Somalia — A car bomb exploded near a police station in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding at least 13 others, according to a police captain.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the explosion, near Waberi police station along the busy Maka Almukarramah road, might have been the work of a suicide bomber.
Abdifitah Omar Halane, an official in the Banadir region, where the blast occurred, said at least four people had been killed and six others wounded, but local media reports and witnesses put the death toll much higher.
Most of the victims were civilians, the police said, but the exact target of the blast was not immediately clear.
Abdi Ali Shire, a Somali media trainer who was about 100 meters, or 328 feet, away from the explosion, said the bomb went off in front of the Midnimo Supermarket among dozens of vehicles that were lined up, and some cars driving on the road. He was not hurt in the blast.
He said that he saw about four people burning alive, and that more than a dozen might have been killed in the attack.
The blast sent thick smoke and flames into the sky, and set several cars on fire, he added.
Mogadishu has been relatively calm in recent days, after the government of Somalia began a security operation in the city. But episodes of violence have erupted. On Wednesday, at least six government soldiers were killed.