Somalia: Huge blasts heard near airport in Somalia’s Mogadishu

A large plume of smoke rose into the sky after the blasts

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack after blasts and gunfire heard at entrance to main airport in capital.

Two blasts followed by gunfire were heard near the entrance of the main airport in the Somali capital, local witnesses said.

“I can see ambulances taking several wounded people.” a journalist near the scene told Al Jazeera.

The al-Shabab armed group told Al Jazeera it was responsible for the attack.

White smoke could be seen billowing over the city after the blast on Tuesday.

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