At least seven people have been killed in two bomb attacks near the main entrance of the airport in Mogadishu, Somali police have said.
BBC reports: Thick smoke could be seen rising from the area, where there is also a base for African Union (AU) peacekeepers.
Local journalists said at least one of the blasts was detonated by a suicide attacker in a vehicle near a checkpoint.
Those killed were believe to include security guards at the checkpoint.
The militant Islamist group, al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has carried out frequent attacks in Somalia, including in Mogadishu, in an attempt to oust the UN-backed government.
The group has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but analysts say it remains a potent threat.
It has been increasing its attacks ahead of planned elections in Somalia.

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