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Somalia car bomb explodes near convoy of top army officials

  • People carry away the body of a man killed in a suicide car bomb attack, near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    People carry away the body of a man killed in a suicide car bomb attack, near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Somali soldier, left, stands by the wreckage of a passing minibus that was destroyed in a suicide car bomb attack near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    A Somali soldier, left, stands by the wreckage of a passing minibus that was destroyed in a suicide car bomb attack near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers and others pass by the covered dead body of a man killed in a suicide car bomb attack, near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Soldiers and others pass by the covered dead body of a man killed in a suicide car bomb attack, near the defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, April 9, 2017. Somalia's new military chief Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived the blast which targeted the convoy he was traveling in with senior military officials, police say, but a number of soldiers and civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber exploded near a convoy carrying senior army officials who had just left the defense ministry where the new army chief took over.

Col. Ahmed Hassan said there are casualties but he could not give further details.

A huge smoke billowed over the scene as heavy gunfire could be heard in the area.