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Blast at airport in central Somalia injures at least two

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor (Bloomberg). At least two people were injured in an explosion at a Somali airport checkpoint, the second aviation-related blast in the Horn of Africa country this year.

Monday’s explosion at the screening area of an airport in Beledweyne, central Somalia, may have been caused by a device in a laptop bag, policeman Abdi Hassan said by phone. The city is about 325 kilometers (200 miles) north of the capital, Mogadishu.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has said it was behind the Feb. 2 bombing of an airliner flying from Mogadishu. That attack blew a hole in the plane’s fuselage, forced an emergency landing and killed one person thought to have been carrying the device.

Authorities have detained 20 people in connection with Monday’s incident, in which a Djiboutian soldier serving with the African Union mission in Somalia and a luggage porter were wounded, Hassan said.

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