Car bomb explosion kills 3, injures 5

A Somali soldier walks near the destroyed building in Mogadishu, Somali , Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Police in Somalia say a car bomb explosion near Mogadishu's airport has killed at least three people and wounded five.  Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast Thursday was detonated by remote control at the city's busy airport junction. He blamed the militant group al-Shabab. Hussein said three people were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali soldier walks near the destroyed building in Mogadishu, Somali , Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Police in Somalia say a car bomb explosion near Mogadishu's airport has killed at least three people and wounded five. Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast Thursday was detonated by remote control at the city's busy airport junction. He blamed the militant group al-Shabab. Hussein said three people were killed. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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.

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