Massive bomb blast near Mogadishu airport

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A huge explosion has rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu, close to the airport, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Reuters news agency on Monday that the blast was followed by gunfire.

It was not immediately whether there were any casualties.

Breaking: Deadly explosion near #Mogadishu’s international airport. #Somalia.

According to report from @AbdulBillowAli a journalist based in Mogadishu, he tweeted that, initial blast targeted a checkpoint manned by #Somalia’s police, second blast went off outside #Peace Hotel that hosted #IGAD2016. 

#PeaceHotel is less than 100 meters to the African Union #AMISOM main headquarters at the heavily fortified #Mogadishu airport compound.

— Abdulaziz Billow Ali (@AbdulBillowAli) January 2, 2017

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