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11 killed in attack near airport in Somalia capital
11 killed in attack near airport in Somalia capital

Mogadishu, July 23 (TIWN) At least 11 people were killed and 15 injured on Monday in a suicide car bomb attack near a checkpoint close to Somali capital Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport, the police said.

The attack occurred between the Afrik hotel, which was damaged, and a checkpoint on the K-4 road leading to Mogadishu''s airport, Efe news reported.  Police officer Ali Wiirow told Efe news that he witnessed the attack which occurred in a crowded area and that he saw 11 corpses.  Five of the security force members were killed in the attack, including the one in charge of the checkpoint -- Hussein Aanka -- who belonged to Somalia''s National Intelligence and Security Agency.  Security forces put up a cordon around the attacked area, where several vehicles lined up to get through the checkpoint were damaged, the report said. 

Near the airport there is the so-called "Mogadishu green zone", where many embassies, UN personnel and the African Nation''s mission to Somalia among others are located.  Although no organization claimed responsibility for the blast, the Al-Shabaab extremist group has frequently carried out similar attacks in the Somalian capital.  One of the most recent and deadly attacks by Al-Shabaab took place on July 12 in Kismayo city where at least 26 people were killed, including a US citizen, a Briton and a Canadian, while 50 others were injured.

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