One dead in Somali car bomb attack

Somali security forces look at the debris after a car bomb explods, killing one person and injuring several others in the capital Mogadishu on October 25, 2014 (AFP Photo/Abdulfitah Hashi Nor)

Mogadishu (AFP) - At least one person was killed and several others wounded on Saturday in a car bombing outside a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials said.

A Somali police official, General Mohamed Yusuf Madale, told reporters the car bomb went off outside the Golden Hotel shortly after midday, "killing at least one person and injuring another one".

"The car belongs to a young man who lives in the hotel and now he is under arrest. Investigations are going on," he said.

He did not identify the person killed, but Somali news reports said it was a telecoms official.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although similar attacks have been carried out in the past by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government.

Acording to eyewitnesses, two people appeared to have been killed in the blast, while hospital officials said six wounded had been admitted for treatment.