MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – A car bomb explosion near Mogadishu’s airport has killed at least three people and wounded five, say Somali police.
The blast Thursday was detonated by remote control at the city’s busy airport junction, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Three people were killed, said Hussein, who blamed the Islamic extremist rebels al-Shabab.
The heavily fortified Mogadishu airport is the base for international diplomats and African Union forces that help support Somalia’s government.
The bomb blast comes after a barrage of mortars hit Mogadishu overnight. Mortars also hit the city last week, raising fears of a return to more constant warfare in the city.