At least two people are killed as a bomb blast rips through a busy market in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
At least two people are killed and seven wounded when a bomb ripped through a busy market in the Somali capital Mogadishu Monday. No one is immediately claiming responsibility for the blast. But in the past similar attacks have been claimed by al Shabaab militants, who have vowed to wage a series of attacks during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which started on Sunday. Islamist al Shabaab gunmen shot dead three people on Sunday and said the killings were just the start of the group's Ramadan campaign. The government and African Union peacekeepers have stepped up security to try to prevent assaults during Ramadan. In the past year or so, al Shabaab has killed dozens of people in guerrilla-style assaults in Mogadishu including U.N. offices, the presidential compound, parliament and the courts.