Two powerful explosions were heard near the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia – writes BBC online, which cites on-the-spot reporters. No reports or official confirmation of the death toll have been provided yet, but at least 7 people seem to have lost their lives because of the explosions. According to the Somali radio Shabelle, the explosions had been caused by a car bomb and were followed by gunshots. One blast was caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in a car in front of an office of the United Nations, killing at least three people – said a Somali police officer. Close to the airport, there is Halane, a base of the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM), which hosts UN offices, humanitarian agencies, and foreign embassies.
Only a month ago, six people were injured at Beledweyne airport, still in Somalia, following the explosion of a bomb placed inside a laptop. “A laptop has exploded in the luggage control area, but security forces managed to neutralize the other two explosives, one of which was hidden inside a printer – said police Lieutenant Ali Abdi Dhuh -. Six people were injured, including two policemen”, according to the police. The latter also explained that this is the second attack of this kind, against passenger planes, to take place in the last few weeks. The bomb exploded before the security check of Beledweyne, a town situated about 325 kilometers north of Mogadishu. The militiamen of al-Shabab, connected to al-Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for the car bomb exploded in a passenger plane.