Large explosion outside Mogadishu airport, at least 8 killed

AP , Wednesday 12 Jan 2022

A large explosion outside the international airport in Somalia's capital killed at least eight people and wounded nine others on Wednesday, a local doctor said.

Mogadishu, Somalia
Rescuers carry away the dead body of a civilian who was killed in a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. AP

Dr. Abdulkadir Adam with Medina hospital shared the toll with The Associated Press. Witnesses at the scene said a passing U.N. convoy appeared to be the target in the Mogadishu blast near a checkpoint leading to the heavily fortified airport.

The founder of the Aamin ambulance service, Abdulkadir Adan, tweeted that he was ``deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries'' in Mogadishu. He posted a photo from the scene of a mangled vehicle.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group that controls parts of Somalia often carries out bombings at high-profile locations in the capital.

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