Two explosions hit Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killing at least six people, local media reported.
The first car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near the National Theater, sending thick white smoke into the sky.
The second explosion took place only minutes later, allegedly in the same area.
The police said politicians and other officials were nearby on a business day in the nation in the Horn of Africa.
Mohamed Bulbul, Journalist In Mogadishu, Al Jazeera said Mohamed Tulah, deputy governor of security in the Somali region of Benadir, was wounded in the first explosion.
"Government officials are stationed near the area, and it is a very guarded place. The security bomber hit the security checkpoint," he said.
Images circulating on social media showed destroyed vehicles and debris scattering the streets.
The armed al-Qaida group, which has carried out several attacks in Somalia and neighboring countries, is fighting for the overthrow of the Somali government and wants to enforce a strict version of Islamic law on the Horn of Africa country.
The group controlled most parts of the country, but since 2010, fighters have been removed from most major cities and towns.