Somalia: Airport under attack of al-Shabaab, 8 killed included African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops
At least eight people have been killed in bomb blasts at the main airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, witnesses have said.
The victims in Thursday’s blasts included African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops.
Witnesses 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.
A spokesman with the African Union confirmed the car bomb attack.
Mohamed Abdi, a shopkeeper, told Reuters news agency: “I have seen four bleeding AU soldiers being carried at the gate. At least eight dead bodies, most of them Amisom soldiers were lying on the ground.”
Two women begging in the street were also killed and one policeman was wounded, said Abdul Rahman Yussef, a Somali army official.