Twin car bombs kill 13 in Mo­gadishu

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At least 13 peo­ple have been killed in two car bomb at­tacks near an en­trance to the air­port in Mo­gadishu, So­mali po­lice say.

Thick smoke could be seen ris­ing from the area, where there is also a base for African Union (AU) peace­keep­ers.

Local jour­nal­ists said one of the bombs was det­o­nated by a sui­cide at­tacker near a check­point. An­other blast hit the air­port’s perime­ter wall.

Those killed were be­lieved to in­clude se­cu­rity guards at the check­point.

The mil­i­tant Is­lamist group, al-Shabab, has said it was be­hind the blasts and its tar­get was the AU force’s head­quar­ters.

The AU mis­sion in So­ma­lia con­demned “these sense­less at­tacks that aim to dis­rupt and crip­ple the lives of or­di­nary So­ma­lis”.

Al-Shabab has car­ried out fre­quent at­tacks in So­ma­lia, in­clud­ing in Mo­gadishu, in an at­tempt to oust the UNbacked gov­ern­ment.

The group, which is al­lied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once con­trolled, but an­a­lysts say it re­mains a po­tent threat.

It has been in­creas­ing its at­tacks ahead of planned elec­tions in So­ma­lia.

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