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Somalia's Mogadishu airport rocked by twin suicide blasts, at least 8 people killed

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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.

According to Conflict News, two simultaneous suicide car bombs targeted checkpoints manned by Somali security near the airport entrance.

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 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.

Witnesses have been tweeting about the blast.

(With inputs from AFP)

First Published On : Jul 26, 2016 13:18 IST

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