According to reports, the attack, that was later claimed by the Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab had two car bombs attacking the entrance to the airport in Mogadishu.
Witnesses noticed a thick plummet of smoke rising from the area and officials revealed that the site of the attack is the base for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Earlier, some reports quoted a police officer, Ali Farah as saying, “We understand at least seven from a private security firm died.”
Claiming the attack, Al-Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said both attackers detonated car bombs and that it was targeting the AU force’s headquarters.
While one blast struck the airport’s perimeter wall, another one was detonated by a suicide attacker near a checkpoint.
In an official statement, the AU mission in Somalia condemned, “these senseless attacks that aim to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis.”
The Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab has been persistently launching attacks in the region to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government.