A car bomb exploded on a road leading to the airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday (January 12), killing at least eight people according to health authorities.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the bombing.
Earlier, a Reuters photographer saw four bodies and four damaged cars and two motor rickshaws while Ahmed Nur, a shopkeeper nearby, said he had seen at least five bodies.
In the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group has taken responsibility for similar attacks.
The group aims to overthrow the central government and impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law. It carries out frequent gun and bomb attacks on security and government targets, but also on civilians. It also carries out attacks against African Union peacekeeping troops.