Residents said an explosive device was apparently detonated by the burning of garbage by cleaners in the city's central Howlwadag area.
"Five died, I could not count the wounded. They were all women who were cleaning the streets," said Hawa Ibrahim, a cleaner who witnessed the blast.
Hawa Jama, a businesswoman, said she saw dead women and others who were wounded. "It was an ugly scene with blood everywhere. I could not count the dead, I just glanced at once and ran away for my life," she told Reuters.
The seaside capital has been hit by near-daily insurgent attacks targeting government troops and their Ethiopian military allies that are blamed on an ousted Islamist movement.
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