A Somali police officer says a once-powerful warlord has survived an assassination attempt by a suicide bomber in a central Somali town. One bodyguard was killed.

Aden Hussein said Tuesday that Col. Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdid was unscathed after a suicide bomber opened fire at guards at the gate of his house in the town of Galkayo. Hussein said one bodyguard died. The attacker's explosives detonated but only killed the bomber.

No group immediately claimed the responsibility for the assassination attempt. Such attacks are often carried out by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militant group.

Qeybdid was once one of Mogadishu's most powerful warlords. His militia was defeated by the Islamic Courts Union in 2006.