Somalia: 100 killed in Mogadishu car bombs
London (Agencies): At least 100 people were killed in explosions in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, according to news agencies.
The al-Qaida linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on their radio station Andalus.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said more than 300 were injured in the terrorist attacks after he visited the site of the blast, according to Somalia National News Agency (SONNA).
He pointed out that fatalities could rise. “We will defeat and we already defeated this radical group,” he said.
“Our people who were massacred … included mothers with their children in their arms, fathers who had medical conditions, students who were sent to study, businessmen who were struggling with the lives of their families,” President added.
Two separate attacks carried by terrorists with bomb-laden vehicles at the Somali Ministry of Education left scores of casualties Saturday at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. The second attack happened as ambulances arrived to help the injured.
No one has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks.
The attack took place at the same place as Somalia’s largest bombing, which killed more than 500, in the same month in 2017. In that blast, a truck bomb exploded outside a busy hotel at the K5 intersection, which is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks.
[Photo: A view shows the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 29, 2022. Photojournalist :Abukar Mohamed Muhudin/AA]