Car bomb explodes at Mogadishu airport

2014-02-13 13:41
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Mogadishu - A large car bomb exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu's international airport on Thursday, causing casualties, police and witnesses said.

"A car was parked near the airport gate. It detonated. There are casualties," said police official Mohammed Abdi Rahman.

The Mogadishu airport complex also houses the base of Amisom - the African Union force fighting al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels - as well as a number of foreign diplomatic missions and United Nations offices.

Britain's ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan, whose embassy is also within the high-security airport complex, said on Twitter that he had heard a "major explosion" that sent smoke into the air.

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