A police official says a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a moving convoy of African Union troops in Somalia's capital, killing himself and at least two others.
President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the government and the people of Somalia following the death of ambassador Sayid Sheriff on Wednesday.
The United Nations refugee chief today expressed solidarity with the Somali people during a visit to Mogadishu, particularly the hundreds of thousands who have fled the country and are seeking to return to their homeland after two decades of conflict.
A vehicle carrying men in the uniforms of government security forces exploded in a main market in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday and gunfire could be heard afterwards, witnesses said.
A plane carrying the Somali president has been forced to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu after one of its engines reportedly caught fire.