Large truck loaded with explosive devices shook Somalia's capital, Mogadishu on Saturday, killing several people officials and witnesses said.
A huge blast was heard in the center of Mogadisho.
Windowpanes and doors in buildings far from the scene were destroyed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) A Somali soldier helps a civilian who was wounded in a blast in the capital of Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein, another officer at the site, said the blast occurred as security forces were trailing the truck that had raised suspicions.
Police said people were trapped in the rubble of the Safari Hotel, which was largely destroyed in the explosion.
The attacks follows after political impasse between the Federal government of Somalia and its member states, in what many believe could have been foreign interest based political interference.
Rescue workers are on the scene.
Al-Shabab, an armed group fighting to overthrow the internationally recognised government, has carried out frequent gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. The road and buildings nearby suffered damage by the explosion.
Burning, overturned cars lined the street. Another witness said there was a traffic jam and that the area was packed with people and cars when it happened. "It's a disaster", he said sadly. The US forces have stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab.