At least 78 people have been killed in a car bomb attack at a check point in Somalia’s capital city, according to local officials.
The bomb exploded outside a tax collection centre in Mogadishu during morning rush hour.
Images from the scene show a mass of mangled vehicles and clouds of black smoke.
The city's mayor, Omar Mohamud Mohamed, said university students were among those killed.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation al Shabaab has carried out similar atrocities in the past.
The group, which controls other parts of the country, has a history of targeting the city's infrastructure including checkpoints and hotels.
The last mayor of Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman, died after an al Shabaab attack earlier this year.