Mogadishu blast

TWIN blasts followed by gunfire have been heard near an international airport, according to reports.

The incident took place at Aden Adde International Airport, in the Somalian capital Mogadishu.

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It is not yet clear whether there are any casualties.

It comes just hours ater a Syrian man, reportedly carrying a bomb, shouted “Allahu Akbar” at Antalya Airport, in Turkey.

The blast was followed by gunfire at the Mogadishu airport

The incident follows a car bomb attack which killed at least three security forces officers at a checkpoint in the capital earlier today.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosive outside the main base of an African Union peacekeeping force in Mogadishu.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist al Shabaab militants, who are linked to al-Qaeda and are trying to topple the Western-backed government, have carried out similar attacks in the past.

The twin blasts were heard at Aden Adde International Airport

The twin blasts were heard at Aden Adde International Airport

Police officer Mohamed Ahmed said: ”So far we know three of the security forces died. We believe al Shabaab is behind the attack.”

He said the death toll was likely to increase because the bomb was powerful and it had caused damage even to nearby residential buildings.

A photographer at the scene saw the burnt-out shell of the bomber’s car and another vehicle nearby on fire.

Nearly 300 members of Somalia’s federal parliament were sworn in last week and they are expected to elect a new president.