Car bomb kills at least 13, injures dozens in Mogadishu

At least 13 people (according to the Reuters agency, 20 according to AFP) have been killed by a powerful blast, caused by an explosives-trapped car, in a checkpoint in a crowded suburb of the capital Mogadishu, according to witnesses.

Speaking to reporters after a strong explosion at the X-Control check point, Mogadishu Mayor Omar Muhammad confirmed that more than 90 people have been injured, mostly students.

A journalist at the Reuters agency from Medina Hospital confirmed that ambulances carried dozens of injured. Authorities have ordered hospital sources not to provide the number of casualties, and police have  been asked not to report.

According to eyewitnesses, police opened fire shortly after the blast, preventing many citizens from calling for help at the scene of the blast.

So far no organization has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but there are frequent attacks by al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants seeking to overthrow the UN-backed government.