Africa

Car bomb near Somalia's presidential palace kills 5: Police

  • Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a car bomb attack that targeted a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital, after soldiers tried to stop the car and the bomber tried to speed through the checkpoint, killing a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a car bomb attack that targeted a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital, after soldiers tried to stop the car and the bomber tried to speed through the checkpoint, killing a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • An injured man is assisted after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital after soldiers tried to stop the car and the bomber tried to speed through the checkpoint, killing a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    An injured man is assisted after a suicide car bomb attack that targeted a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital after soldiers tried to stop the car and the bomber tried to speed through the checkpoint, killing a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Somalia say a car bomb has exploded at a military checkpoint near the presidential palace in the capital, killing at least five people.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says Tuesday's blast was detonated after soldiers tried to stop the car.

Hussein says three other people have been injured.

Witness Ahmed Ali says he saw the bodies of two soldiers after the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Extremist group al-Shabab often claims responsibility for deadly bombings in Mogadishu.

The blast comes a few hours after Somalia's new prime minister unveiled a 26-member cabinet.