Suicide car bomb blast hits UN convoy in Mogadishu; 3 killed

A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu's airport on Wednesday, killing three people, Somali police said.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu’s airport on Wednesday, killing three people, Somali police said.

No U.N. staff were killed or injured but the attack damaged two U.N. vehicles travelling in a four-vehicle convoy, said U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique.

“The car bomb hit near the front gate of the Mogadishu airport. Several people, including an army officer, (were) killed after he tried to stop the vehicle,” said police spokesman Kasim Ahmed Roble.

Soldiers fired at pedestrians after the blast, said Yusuf Haji, a resident in the area.

Somalia’s president entered the protected airport area just before the blast and a Qatari government convoy passed by the blast site shortly before the explosion, said an international official inside the airport complex, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

The Islamic militant group al-Shabab frequently carries out suicide blasts and gunfire attacks in Mogadishu. The group has also claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks against Kenyan civilians near the Kenya-Somali border over the last two weeks.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “outraged” by the attack, his spokesman said in a statement later Wednesday.

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