Somalia's al-Shabaab. File picture: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Mogadishu - A suicide car bomber killed at least eight people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said on Sunday.

At least 10 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in front of a building housing government officials in Hawlwadaag district on Sunday morning, police officer Ali Hassan Kulmiye told dpa.

Most victims were civilians, according to Kulmiye.

Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via pro-insurgent radio station Andalus.

The group is affiliated with the international al-Qaeda terrorist network and launches regular attacks within the volatile East African nation.

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