Big Explosion Rattles Somalia's Capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Residents say a large explosion has rattled Somalia's capital of Mogadishu.

An Associated Press reporter in Mogadishu says residents are reporting the blast occurred near the country's Foreign Ministry. There was no immediate word from Somali officials on the cause of the blast or the number of casualties.

Kenya's ministers of defense and foreign affairs are in Mogadishu to meet with government leaders after Kenya on Sunday launched military operations in southern Somalia against al-Shabab militants.

An AP reporter said Tuesday's blast occurred several miles from where those meetings are believed to be taking place.