A suicide car bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed four civilians and injured several others.

It’s thought the blast was aimed at security officials after al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab claimed it had killed a number of government soldiers.

Witnesses said they heard shooting after the explosion.

Sunday’s attack shows the group is still capable of carrying out raids in the capital even though it is losing territory in rural areas to AU peace keepers who launched tow major offensives in 2014.

Al Shabaab is seeking to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its own version of strict Islamic law in the country.