Officials said a truck bomb exploded Saturday in a busy intersection of Mogadishu, Somalia, killing and injuring dozens and destroying nearby buildings.
Police now say the attacks have killed at least 30 people.
"The truck was being chased by security forces, when the blast went off" the State media reported quoting the Somali intelligence Chief Abdullahi Mohamed Ali as saying.
The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district.
"This was very frightful, the bomb went off alongside the busy road and left many people dead".
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though al Shabab, an offshoot of al Qaida, has carried out other auto bombings in the country in recent months. "We are still busy transporting casualties".More news: Chicago Rethinks Soda Tax
"This was very disgusting", witness Ismail Yusuf told AFP news agency.
A second explosion took place later in the city's Madina district. Somalis walk past the wreckage of vehicles at the scene of a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
Emergency services were overwhelmed as they sought to respond to the bombing.
The blast, which also wounded at least 15 people, occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in town to meet with Somalia's president.
The militants are fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities have ideas on who it could be since they have carried out other attacks in the past.