Two explosions kill 8 near Mogadishu airport

2016-07-26 09:47
A member of the Somali security forces stands guard at the site of a bomb blast in Mogadishu. (AFP)

A member of the Somali security forces stands guard at the site of a bomb blast in Mogadishu. (AFP)

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Mogadishu - At least eight people were killed on Tuesday 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 told AFP.

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.

The city's airport is heavily fortified and adjoins the capital's main base for the African Union mission to Somalia, the 20 000-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.

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