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Somali policeman shifts through debris after a blast occurred at a government tax collection point near Kaaraan district, north of Mogadishu June 30, 2014. (FEISAL OMAR/REUTERS)
Somali policeman shifts through debris after a blast occurred at a government tax collection point near Kaaraan district, north of Mogadishu June 30, 2014. (FEISAL OMAR/REUTERS)

Land mine explosion in Somali capital kills two in latest attack by suspected militants Add to ...

A Somali police official says two people have been killed after a land mine exploded at a business centre 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.

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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.

 

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