A car bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday morning near the Somalian presidential palace and parliament headquarters, police officials said.

The bomb exploded at 9:10 a.m. as the car it was carrying it approached a police checkpoint. The car had been being chased for quite some time and had run through one checkpoint before exploding at a second one. 

“A suicide bomber driving a Toyota Noah [vehicle] drove past a security checkpoint in the Dabka area, forcing police to open fire. At least seven people were wounded, eight cars and nine rickshaws were destroyed in the morning bombing in Mogadishu,” Somali police said in a statement.

The driver was killed in the blast. The police statement reported that no civilians were killed, however, local media reports claim between three and five people also died in the explosion.