A car bomb struck outside a government office in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday, killing six, including three soldiers, and injuring 14 other people, local officials said.
The bombing occurred around 9 a.m.. The terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, according to its media channel, Andalus Radio.
The suicide bomb in the Howlwadag district also caused a nearby school to collapse, blew the roof off a mosque and destroyed homes, local officials told the BBC.
The soldiers died when they stopped the car from entering a government compound, local official Salah Hassan Omar said.
Six of those injured were children, Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Aden of Mogadishu ambulance services told Voice of America.