MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - Terrorist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing Wednesday near the Somali capital's international airport that killed at least nine people and wounded 15 more.
A spokesman for Somalia's police force Abdifatah Hassan Ali confirmed the casualties were caused by a suicide bomber who detonated a car.
Mogadishu's Deputy Mayor Ali Yare Ali said he survived the Wednesday attack, without giving more details.
Somali media report terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Islamist group said targeted a convoy carrying foreigners.
The claim could not be independently verified.
The deadly blast comes just days after Somali leaders agreed to hold in February long-delayed elections that widened a rift between the president and prime minister.
Analysts have been warning that al-Shabab would take advantage of the political tensions, and any perceived power vacuum, to launch attacks.
The U.S. Embassy in Somalia condemned the terrorist attack.