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Official: Suicide car bomber targets presidential palace in Somali capital

Soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb outside Somalia's presidential palace, Monday, Sept, 21, 2015. An Islamic extremist suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the Somalia's presidential palace in the capital on Monday, killing at least four people, a police official said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb outside Somalia's presidential palace, Monday, Sept, 21, 2015. An Islamic extremist suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the Somalia's presidential palace in the capital on Monday, killing at least four people, a police official said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali police official says a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the Somalia's presidential palace in the capital on Monday evening, killing at least two soldiers.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber rammed his vehicle near soldiers guarding the compound in Mogadishu that is the official residence of the president, prime minister and the speaker of Parliament.

Hussein said at least two soldiers died in the blast and that the death toll could rise.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab often carries out such attacks.