Deadly Somalia attacks as bomb hits capital and African Union soldiers ambushed

At least five people have been killed and 13 others injured in a car bomb blast near a police station in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

The explosion shattered a month of relative calm in the city, which is often a target of the extremist group al-Shabab.

Deadly Somalia attacks as bomb hits capital and African Union soldiers ambushed

The blast near Waberi police station along the busy Maka Almukarramah road may have been a suicide bomber, police chief Mohamed Hussein said.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab often carries out deadly bombings in Mogadishu against high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints.

Most of the victims of the latest attack were civilians.

Deadly Somalia attacks as bomb hits capital and African Union soldiers ambushed

The exact target of the blast is unclear, but it occurred amid a traffic jam while soldiers were searching cars at a nearby intersection.

Somali prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire said no such blast had occurred in the capital for a month.

At the blast scene, rescue workers and civilians carried bloodied bodies and injured victims to hospitals.

In another attack later, a Somali military officer said fighters with the al-Shabab extremist group killed at least eight African Union soldiers in an ambush in the south of the country.

Deadly Somalia attacks as bomb hits capital and African Union soldiers ambushed

Colonel Muhyadin Yasin said they attacked a military convoy near Bulo-Marer in the Lower Shabelle region.

Al-Shabab claimed that the attack killed 39 soldiers.

Uganda's defence ministry confirmed the attack and said an unknown number of troops were killed.

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