Firefighters and police are battling a large fire at Bakara market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu- the biggest open-air market in the country.
Witnesses say the flames have gutted three sections of the market: those selling meat, vegetable and cutlery and crockery.
The fire started early in the morning and it is not known if there are any casualties.
Plumes of smoke can be seen billowing all over the city this morning.
The city authorities have appealed to people not to loot.
It is believed millions of the dollars will have been lost in the fire – the cause of which is yet to be determined.