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At least six dead in car bomb attack at Mogadishu airport

At least six people were killed and many more wounded Thursday in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a United Nations convoy close to the entrance of Mogadishu's heavily-fortified international airport, police and witnesses said. Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels told AFP that one of their suicide bombers carried out the attack.

At least six dead in car bomb attack at Mogadishu airport

At least six people were killed and many more wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack close to the entrance of Mogadishu's heavily-fortified international airport, police and witnesses said. The bomb went off near a checkpoint at the entrance to the airport complex, which also houses the base of AMISOM -- the African Union force fighting Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels -- as well as a number of foreign diplomatic missions and United Nations offices.

Islamist rebels say behind bomb near Somali airport

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed at least seven people outside Mogadishu International Airport on Thursday. "We targeted a U.N convoy," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, told Reuters, adding that a suicide bomber had carried out the attack.

At least seven killed by bomb blast next to Somali capital airport

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded on Thursday near the entrance of Mogadishu's heavily guarded international airport where many foreign diplomats are based, police said. Police suspect al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab of planting the remotely-controlled bomb. Al Shabaab did not immediately claim responsibility. "A car laden with explosives was remotely exploded in front of a tea shop just outside the airport," senior police officer Colonel Abdikadir Ahmed told Reuters.

Car bomb explodes at Mogadishu airport, casualties reported

A large car bomb exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu's international airport on Thursday, causing casualties, police and witnesses said. "A car was parked near the airport gate. It detonated. There are casualties," said police official Mohammed Abdi Rahman. The Mogadishu airport complex also houses the base of AMISOM -- the African Union force fighting Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels -- as well as a number of foreign diplomatic missions and United Nations offices.

Car bomb explodes at Mogadishu airport, casualties reported

A large car bomb exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu's international airport on Thursday, causing casualties, police and witnesses said. "A car was parked near the airport gate. It detonated. There are casualties," said police official Mohammed Abdi Rahman. The Mogadishu airport complex also houses the base of AMISOM -- the African Union force fighting Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels -- as well as a number of foreign diplomatic missions and United Nations offices.

Exclusive: U.N. monitors warn of 'systematic' Somali arms diversion

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A confidential U.N. monitors' report warns of "systematic abuses" by Somalia's government, which the monitors say has allowed the diversion of weapons that Somali authorities purchased after the U.N. Security Council eased an arms embargo on Mogadishu last year. Some of the arms believed to have been diverted were earmarked for a leader of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab, the monitors said in their report, which was obtained by Reuters.

Kenya charges 70 with being members of al Shabaab

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Wednesday charged 70 people with being members of Somali militant group al Shabaab, after they were arrested during a police raid on a mosque that sparked days of rioting in Mombasa. The 70 denied being members of the Islamist group, which is linked to al Qaeda, and others relating to terrorism, possession of arms, robbery and incitement to violence in a crowded courtroom 10 km (six miles) outside the port city.

U.S. warns of 'terrorist threat' to Ugandan capital

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - The United States has warned of a "specific terrorist threat" to Kampala, saying a group of attackers were looking to strike the Ugandan capital this month or in March but without identifying who was behind the threat. Uganda is a close security ally of the U.S. in East Africa and its troops form the backbone of the African Union (AU)-mandated peacekeeping force battling Somalia's Islamist Al Shabaab militants.

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital, at least five wounded

By Abdi Sheikh and Abdirahman Hussein MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Two car bombs exploded in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, wounding at least five people including a government official, police and witnesses said. Islamist militant group al Shabaab has waged a bombing campaign in Mogadishu ever since African Union troops drove the militants out of the capital in August 2011 but it was not immediately clear if the al Qaeda-aligned group was behind the latest blasts.
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