An Al-Shabaab recruitment video makes reference to 10 British militants, raising the possibility of links to the attack on a mall in Kenya.
British investigators are struggling to pierce the secrecy surrounding Kenya's Westgate mall attack.
The ‘White Widow’, Samantha Lewthwaite, may be the most notorious, but 50-100 young British Muslims have joined al Shabaab as 'jihadists'.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia has condemned the murder of two UN consultants in Somalia. Nicholas Kay said in a statement:
– Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
Our UN colleagues were working in support of the Somali people’s aspiration for a peaceful and stable future. There can be no justification for such a callous attack. I call on the authorities to conduct a full investigation immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.
Two consultants working for the United Nations, including one Briton were shot dead at Galkayo Airport in north central Somalia, a UN spokesman has said.
A UN spokesman said that the consultants were working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
A British man is one of two UN workers who have been shot dead in Somalia, the Foreign Office confirmed.
A spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national on April 7. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."
Britain's ambassador to Somalia, Neil Wigan, reports that he heard a "major explosion" at Mogadishu International Airport.
I heard a few minutes ago a major explosion close to Mogadishu International Airport. Smoke still in the air.
The US military carried out a missile strike in Somalia targeting a suspected militant leader with ties to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a US military official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The strike took place in southern Somalia, the official said, without offering further information, including the identity of the suspect or whether the strike was believed to have been successful.
The US has carried out an airstrike in Somalia against a suspected militant leader, a US military official has told Reuters.
Three bombs exploded in quick succession outside the front of the Jazira hotel near the Somali capital's international airport police and local residents said.
"First we heard a big crash and the security forces immediately opened fire," said Abdullahi Hussein who lives 300 metres behind the hotel. "After a few minutes another explosion took place and there was more gunfire."
Kenyan warplanes have bombed targets held by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Somalia in retaliation for an attack on a Nairobi mall last month that killed at least 67 people.
The Kenya Defence Forces said they destroyed a training camp used by al Shabaab, the Islamist group which claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attack. A Kenyan drone strike killed two leading members of al Shabaab on Monday.
Al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in central Somalia which has killed at least 13 people, according to Reuters.