Two explosions kill 8 near Mogadishu airport: security source

Update: July, 26/2016 - 09:00
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) headquarters located within the high-security compound of Mogadishu airport. — AFP/VNA Photo
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MOGADISHU  At least eight people were killed today when two huge bombs went off near Mogadishu’s airport, including one close to the UN’s political office in the Somali capital, a security source said.

An AFP journalist at the scene heard gunfire after the explosions tore through the area, one of which was believed to be a car bomb.

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab has carried out a string of similar attacks.

At least 12 people were killed in February as twin blasts and gunfire rocked a hotel and neighbouring park in Mogadishu early this year, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.

The city’s airport is heavily fortified and adjoins the capital’s main base for the African Union mission to Somalia, the 22,000-strong force backing the government in the battle against Shabaab insurgents.

The jihadists were chased out of Mogadishu in 2011 but remain a serious threat in both Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, where they carry out frequent attacks. — AFP