Blast in the vicinity of airport in Somali capital: witnesses

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 2:11 AM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast was heard in the vicinity of the international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, possibly caused by a car bomb, a Reuters witness and a security official said.

A security adviser, based at the airport, told Reuters by telephone there had been a suspected VBIED, or vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, in the area, without giving further details. The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has often used car bombs but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

(Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Edmund Blair)