Al-Shabaab militants Flee key town as Somali army Advances
China withdrew diplomatic personnel and axed its mission in the east African country as it descended into civil war in 1991. The pair maintained diplomatic relations despite the absence of a headquarters.
On Monday morning, China said it would reinstate its embassy in Somalia on Tuesday amid signs the country was making solid progress in its efforts to restore peace. But the subsequent explosion in the capital could prompt concerns over moves to strengthen ties.
It is unclear who carried out the attack, but previous similar incidents in Mogadishu have been claimed by al-Shabaab militants, who have vowed to unleash a series of attacks during Ramadan.
Gunmen shot dead three people on Sunday, the first day of the Muslim fasting month, and said the killings marked the start of the Islamist group
Sources say that the United States and Turkish forces based in the capital Mogadishu have bombed Al-Shabaab's defensive bases from the air, which forced the militants to flee.