Somalia’s Ministry of Information says the victims are likely in the dozens. Witnesses say students on their way to school were among the targets of the blast, which took place at a security and taxation checkpoint just Mogadishu.
Early reports from emergency responders, authorities and security experts indicate the vehicle-borne IED attack could be the deadliest incident in Somalia all year.
The war-torn Horn of Africa country continues to be riven by violence between government forces, al-Shabbab fighters and other armed groups.
On Monday, al-Shabaab gunmen killed 7 Somali soldiers in an attack on a military base in the southwestern Bay region.
Earlier this month, the group targeted a popular Mogadishu hotel near the presidential palace, killing four.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s bombing.