At least 6 dead in car bombing in Somalia's capital

People inspect damage around the site after an attack carried out with a bomb-laden vehicle on September 02, 2018, in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)A car bombing on Sunday morning in Mogadishu, Somalia, has left at least six people dead and 15 others wounded, according to a city official.

The attack targeted local government offices, according to Salah Hassan Omar, a spokesman for the city of Mogadishu.
Three Somali soldiers are among the dead, according to Col. Aden Dahir of the Somali military.
The soldiers were killed while attempting to stop the speeding vehicle before it detonated around 9 a.m. local time, sending a powerful blast ripping through the government building and other nearby buildings, including a mosque.
    The terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack through its media channel, Andalus Radio.
    Somalis search wreckage at the scene of a blast outside the compound of a district headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday, September 2.
      Abdisalam Hassan Abdi, a teacher at a nearby madrassa, was injured in the explosion, and described the carnage and chaos in the area.
      "We heard a huge explosion as the students were in their morning class," he said. "The whole area was devastated by the car bomb."