Explosion in busy part of Somali capital kills 2

June 30, 2014 - 6:05 AM
Somalia Violance

A Somali policeman looks at the debris caused by a land mine explosion at a municipal centre in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, June 30, 2014. Somali police official Col. Ali Hassan said the land mine was detonated by remote control, killing one soldier and a civilian woman on Monday at a business centre in the northern outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu. He offered no more details about the blast, which tore roofs off shops and destroyed business stalls.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says two people have been killed after a land mine exploded at a business center in the northern outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu.

Col. Ali Hassan said the land mine was detonated by remote control, killing one soldier and a civilian woman on Monday. He offered no more details about the blast, which tore roofs off shops and destroyed business stalls.

After the explosion, government soldiers fired into the air to disperse potential looters who surged toward the damaged shops.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, although the Islamic militants of al-Shabab have vowed to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The latest attack comes a day after suspected militants killed three soldiers in Mogadishu.