The plane crashed as it was landing near the beginning of the runway, said Capt. Ali Hussein, a police officer at the airport.

A second airport official said the plane involved was a cargo plane full of weapons from Ethiopia. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not an authorized spokesman. The extent of any casualties wasn't immediately known.

The weapons most likely would have been destined for African Union or Somali troops, who continue to battle al-Qaida-linked militants from al-Shabab. The militants have shot at planes in the past but not in recent years.


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