A car bomb exploded on the outskirts of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday killing the driver, police said, and a witness told Reuters there were at least two bodies at the scene.

The car detonated in the village of Markaz just over 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, Police Major Nur Ali told Reuters.

He said the explosion happened around noon on Friday but said police had not reached the scene, referring to it as an area “inhabited by hardline Islamists”.

A witness in the village who gave his name as Ahmed told Reuters by telephone that he had seen two dead bodies.

“The car was ruined and the dead bodies were cut in halves,” he said.

More than 300 people were killed on Saturday in the deadliest truck bombing in the Horn of Africa nation’s history.

The Islamist insurgency al Shabaab was blamed for Saturday’s blasts, which happened when a car bomb and a truck bomb headed for the airport detonated prematurely.