Somali laptop bomb injures six at Beledweyne airport

Published March 8th, 2016 - 08:40 GMT
The Daallo Airlines Airbus 321 with 74 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the capital Mogadishu after the explosion shortly after take-off. (Social media)
The Daallo Airlines Airbus 321 with 74 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the capital Mogadishu after the explosion shortly after take-off. (Social media)

Somali officials reported at least six people were injured Monday in an explosion at the airport in Beledweyne, including two African Union soldiers. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ali Dhuh Abdi reported that a laptop exploded in the safety control area where bomb disposal officers defused two other explosive devices.

"A laptop packed with explosives exploded at the front gate of the airport, as the security officers were trying to inspect a car carrying the devices, six people were injured, two of them police officers," Abdi said.

The Lieutenant compared the blast to the February attack when an explosion detonated inside a Daallo airline flight bound for Djibouti, an attack claimed by the al-Shabab militant group

The bomb detonated minutes after take off in Mogadishu airport landed safely immediately after the blast.

Beledweyne, located 325 km north of Mogadishu, saw the blast take place in a security zone where security officials inspect goods and travel bags.


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