- Attack was attempt to assassinate new military chief, police said
- Terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility
Police Capt. Osman Mohamed said the attack was an attempt to assassinate the new Somali military chief, Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Irfid.
The attack happened on a busy street between the military academy and the ministry of defense headquarters.
The bomber tried to drive into a convoy carrying Irfid, but missed and rammed into a minibus carrying passengers, police said.
Irfid, who was appointed just three days ago by Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo in a major security shake-up, escaped unharmed. Ambulance driver Ahmed Hussein told CNN that some of the injured died on their way to hospital.
Al-Shabaab aims to make Somalia a fundamentalist Islamic state, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. It has been blamed for fatal attacks inside the country and abroad.