By Watchdog reporter

At least one UPDF peacekeeper with AMISOM in Mogadishu has been killed together with more than 10 people, in twin car bomb attack on Tuesday morning near the entrance to the airport in Mogadishu.

The blast heard from far caused a thick smoke in the air at a base for African Union (AU) peacekeepers.

Those killed are believed to include UPDF soldier, and UN escort staff. Two UN staff have been reportedly injured and three planes destroyed. The attack by militant Islamist group, al-Shabab, took place at the check point.

Al-Shabab has carried out frequent attacks in Somalia, including in Mogadishu, in an attempt to oust the UN-backed government.

The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but analysts say it remains a potent threat.