Blasts at Mogadishu mosque kill at least 10

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A second attack in a week at a mosque in Somalia's capital Mogadishu killed at least 10 worshippers and wounded more, witnesses said today.

Two successive explosions hit the Abdalla Shideye mosque in Bakara Market, not far from the Abu Hureya mosque which was targeted with a landmine that killed one person on Tuesday.

Bakara Market is a bustling area of the capital dominated by members of the country's two main insurgent groups, Hizbul Islam and al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.

It was not clear who was behind the mosque blasts, although residents suspected they could be the result of infighting between the insurgent groups, who are both trying to topple the Western-backed government.

Some witnesses said they believed that a senior leader of al Shabaab, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, was the target of Saturday's explosion. Khalaf, also know as Fuad Shongole, is on a list of people in Somalia subject to U.N. sanctions.

The mosque is often used by al Shabaab officials to deliver speeches.