The president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, confirmed this Sunday 100 people died, while another 300 were wounded for the simultaneous explosion of two bombs in the capital Mogadishu, an attack he attributed to the Islamist group Al Shabaab.
According to the authorities, everything points to the fact that there were explosions caused by two car bombs is located near the headquarters of the Ministry of Education. The police pointed out that the explosions took place around 2:00 p.m., and all civilians, including children, were injured.
In the first assessment, this was explained by police spokesman Mohamed Dahir most of the dead were civilians. In addition, he specified that there were at least four attackers and warned that many of the injured were in critical condition.
The police blamed the jihadist organization Al Shabaab for the attack. the busiest in the country and one of the most dangerous on the continent. According to security forces, jihadists set off two explosions, possibly suicide attacks, before entering the Ministry’s headquarters.
diary sources Somali Times confirmed entry into the Ministry of Jihadists, They continued to open fire indiscriminately.
Among the dead is journalist Mohamed Isse Koona (29). As confirmed by the Union of Somali Journalists on its Twitter account Twitter. Other colleagues were injured: reporter Abdul Qadir, from Voice of America and photojournalist Faisal Omar, from the agency Reuterswho was eating in a nearby restaurant affected by the attack.
Sources Somali Times At first they called at least “two big bangs” with only “minutes of difference” that preceded the attack on the headquarters of the Ministry, on Sobe street, a busy area with shopping areas around it.
“We are still finishing collecting the total losses from the brutal attack by these beasts, but we reiterate that the security forces and the Government of Somalia remain committed to the fight to eliminate this enemy.”said police spokesman Sadik Dodishe.
terrorist group Al Shabaab, linked to Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks through his radio station Al Andalus.
Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre has already expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack. “I am thinking of the families of those who died and those who were wounded in today’s barbaric attacks. My government will continue to fight and eliminate the Al Shabaab terrorist group,” he said.
UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has “strongly” condemned the “relentless attack” by Al Shabaab and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. “We strongly support Somalis against terrorism,” he stressed in a short message posted on Twitter.
The site of the suicide bomber attack is Zoobe Junction in Mogadishu, the same place where more than 587 people died on October 14, 2017 and hundreds more were injured in a truck bomb explosion.