At least 15 people were killed and 20 injured in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after a car bomb attack targeted a military convoy carrying the new Somali chief of defense, who survived the attack, local media reported on Sunday.

The explosion took place near a complex housing the Somali ministry of defense.

According to witnesses, the victims were mostly civilians, in addition to policemen, and chief of staff Ahmed Mohamed Irfiid's bodyguards.

Currently, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the likeliest perpetrator is the al-Shabaab terror organization, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaida in 2012.

Somalia has been the epicenter of war and chaos since 1991, when Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown.