December 9, 2022

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Two car bombs explode: At least 100 killed in attack in Somalia

Two car bombs exploded
At least 100 people were killed in the attack in Somalia

Two car bombs exploded in front of the Somali Ministry of Education in Mogadishu. The country’s president has blamed the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab for the attack. According to him, the number of victims may increase.

At least 100 people were killed and 300 injured when two car bombs exploded in front of the Ministry of Education in the Somali capital Mogadishu. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said that women, children and students were killed in the attack on Saturday.

The first blast hit the Ministry of Education near a busy intersection in Mogadishu, the second a car bomb, ambulances arrived and people gathered to help the victims. The explosions were so powerful that the blast shattered surrounding windows.

The president blamed the attack on the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab, which has yet to claim responsibility for the incident. According to Mohamed, the number of victims may increase. He directed the government to immediately provide medical aid to some of the injured.

A long conflict

Somalia has been plagued by unrest and insecurity for years. In 1991, several militias joined forces to oust dictator Siad Barre, but later fought each other. Al-Shabaab is fighting the government, which is backed by United Nations and African Union fighters, and wants to establish an Islamic regime.

Militants have carried out many attacks not only in Somalia but also in Kenya and Uganda. Nearly 600 people were killed in Mogadishu in October 2017, the worst attack to date. Then, a vehicle loaded with explosives exploded near the tanker truck.

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