Second blast in Mogadishu after gunmen attack courts

A large blast has been heard in an area near the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, just hours after a series of explosions at law courts in the capital and gunmen stormed the building, residents said.

The blast in the courts earlier in Mogadishu.
The blast in the courts earlier in Mogadishu. Credit: RTV

"We heard a blast ... and then soldiers opened fire. I see only thick smoke rising into the sky. I do not know what caused the blast. The whole area has been immediately besieged by security forces," one resident, Halima Osman, told Reuters.

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