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The Islamists, forced out of the capital in 2011, are fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government.
As per the Voice of America, the incident took place outside a coffee shop on the capital's busiest road.
It was the second car bomb attack this week in the Somali capital after one blew up Thursday outside a popular hotel, killing 14 people.
The car bomb was detonated at a checkpoint after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle, senior police Capt Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press.
Witnesses said the explosion was caused by a car bomb on one of the capital's busiest streets that was packed with people heading home from work.
The U.S. has carried out 35 drone strikes in Somalia this year against al-Shabab and a small but growing presence of Islamic State group-linked fighters.
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the main police academy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday with several people feared dead, police said.
Somaliland, which broke away in 1991 from troubled Somalia, went to polls today two years behind schedule, in a bid to prove its democratic credentials and strengthen its case for independence.
Earlier in October, more than 300 people were killed in the massive twin truck bombings in Somalia's capital.
The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of "specific threat information" against them.
The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of specific threat information against them.
Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was "saddened" by events.
Troops regained control of the Nasa-Hablod hotel on today morning, having killed three attackers and captured two alive.
A suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital today, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 16, while gunfire could be heard inside.
More than 70 critically injured people were airlifted to Turkey for treatment on Monday as international aid began to arrive, officials said.