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Somalia: Suicide car bomb attack on UN convoy near Mogadishu airport

A suicide car bomb attack on a UN convoy near Mogadishu airport in Somalia, which has left several people dead, bears the hallmarks of al Qaeda-linked Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.

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Somalia: Suicide car bomb attack on UN convoy near Mogadishu airport

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Several people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a UN convoy near Mogadishu airport in Somalia

A policeman and two bodyguards, all three Somali nationals, are said to be among the dead.

The airport, with a tight security cordon, is used as a base for UN operations in Somalia. The area is also home to the British and Italian embassies and has been a regular target for attacks..

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has often used car bombs in the past.

The al Qaeda-linked group, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law on Somalia, has launched a string of bomb and gun attacks in Mogadishu and other centres.

The blast comes the day after al Shabaab killed 36 non-Muslim workers in neighbouring Kenya which has sent troops into Somalia, joining other African Union forces in battling the militants.