A civilian has been killed and seven others injured after a suicide bomber broke through a checkpoint near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
Officers chased and fired at the vehicle after it forced its way through the checkpoint and headed towards the presidential palace, causing civilians to scurry in all directions, police spokesman Ahmed Bashane says.
The bomber still managed to detonate his explosive device, killing himself and destroying about a dozen vehicles in a powerful blast that could be heard across the capital, according to Bashane.
"Security forces foiled a complex attack this morning, firing on the suicide car bomber before he reached his target, allowing many civilians to escape unharmed," he said on Saturday.
Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus.
The Sunni terrorist group, which has links to al-Qaeda, has fought for supremacy in the country in the Horn of Africa for years and stages ongoing attacks on politicians, civilians and foreigners.