BREAKING: At Least 3 Dead In Suicide Bombing Near Airport- Death Toll Expected To Rise, Here’s What’s Known So Far

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 A suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle filled with explosives at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu’s international airport, killing at least three people.

The car bomber detonated the bomb Monday as security forces were searching cars at the checkpoint.

The checkpoint is close to United Nations offices and the Peace Hotel, which is often frequented by foreigners and officials, according to FOX/AP. The powerful blast blew roofs off nearby buildings.

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A second blast and heavy gunfire could also be heard at the checkpoint after the attack, but there were no immediate details.

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The first blast destroyed the checkpoint run by the Somali national security forces, the African Union mission said on Twitter. The explosion allowed a second bomb-laden vehicle to pass, but AU forces “engaged” it and it exploded about 200 meters from Medina Gate, the AU mission said.

The al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which often carries out such attacks, quickly claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack through its radio arm, Andalus.

Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds across large parts of south and central Somalia, the group continues to wage deadly attack across the country.

Somalia’s capital has seen frequent bomb attacks at hotels and military checkpoints. The assaults have threatened this Horn of Africa nation’s attempts to rebuild from decades of chaos. The country’s presidential election, a key step toward recovery, already has been delayed multiple times because of security and other concerns.

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