Bomb blasts at Mogadishu airpot kill eight in Somalia

At least eight people have been killed, including AU peacekeepers, after bomb blasts at Mogadishu's airport in the Somali capital, local residents said.

Bomb blasts at Mogadishu airpot kill eight in Somalia

 

Two blasts hit Mogadishu's airport on Thursday, killing at least eight people including African Union peacekeepers, residents said.

They said a suicide bomber rammed a car into an AU peacekeepers post outside the airport and that they heard a second explosion inside the compound shortly afterwards.

Witnesses reported a gunbattle following the blasts.

"The car powerfully rammed an AMISOM troops post at the airport's gate," Mohammed Abdi, a local shopkeeper, told Reuters, saying plumes of black smoke rose into the air.

Police confirmed the attack.

Somalia's interim government warned on Wednesday that it expected a surge in anti-government attacks as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

"I have seen four bleeding AU soldiers being carried at the gate," Abdi said. "At least eight dead bodies, most of them AMISOM soldiers, were lying on the ground."

 


Reuters

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