Thursday, March 28, 2013

■ SOMALIA: Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport closed for 2 hours following bomb scare.

Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport logoMogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport was temporarily closed today after a vehicle belonging to ground-handling services provider, SKA Logistics, was suspected of carrying explosives.

SKA Logistics at Mogadishu
SKA Logistics at Mogadishu (SKA)
According to Somalian Minister for Air Transport, Ali Mohamud Ibrahim, business at the airport ground to a halt this morning when sniffer dogs raised the alarm. The airport was then evacuated with flights suspended pending a closer investigation by troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Conflicting reports claimed the vehicle to be either a water tanker or a small utility vehicle.

After a 2 hour long inspection, the vehicle was found to be clean.

Mogadishu, the seat of the Somali Transitional government, has been a target for attacks by the Al-Qaeda aligned Al-Shabaab movement. A week ago, an explosives-laden car that apparently was targeting a truck full of Somali government officials instead hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least seven people.