MOGADISHU Feb 13 The Somali Islamist militant
group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a car bomb that
killed at least seven people outside Mogadishu International
Airport on Thursday.
"We targeted a U.N convoy," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al
Shabaab's military operation spokesman, told Reuters, adding
that a suicide bomber had carried out the attack.
Musab said "three U.N. white men" - a reference to
foreigners - were killed in the blast along with 13 Somali
soldiers who were guarding them. Police said at least seven
people died in the blast while another 15 were wounded. A U.N.
official said no U.N. staff were killed or injured.
(Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Drazen
Jorgic; Editing by Edmund Blair)