A Reuters witness saw five bodies lying
motionless on the ground after the attack in the city of
Bosasso, though it was not clear if they were dead. Two cars
were ablaze as bursts of gunfire rang out.
"The car bomb targeted a convoy of cars," said shopkeeper
Hussein Nur. "I could see victims being carried away."
The semi-autonomous region of Puntland, where Bosasso is
located, has largely escaped the worst of the upheaval in
Somalia but local officials have expressed concern that Islamist
militants were hiding in the mountains outside Bosasso.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Islamist al Shabaab militants have carried out a series of
similar attacks in Somalia over the past year.
(Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan; Editing by Richard Lough and Mark