Big explosion outside Mogadishu airport, death reported

Emergency crews are reporting deaths and injuries after massive explosion outside Somali capital’s international airport

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A massive explosion outside the Somali capital’s international airport on Wednesday was reported, an emergency worker said there were casualties.

Abdulkadir Adan, founder of Aamin Ambulance Service, tweeted that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries” in Mogadishu. He posted a photo from the scene of a destroyed vehicle.

It was not immediately clear how many people died or who was targeted. The Somali state news agency reported “unidentified casualties”.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group that controls parts of Somalia regularly bombs high-profile locations in the capital.