Mogadishu Bombing – Multiple Casualties

 In Foreign

Mogadishu update: The death toll has been revised to 230+ and in some cases it is much higher, and the bomb blasts moved upward to two instead of one. That first blast not only damaged the Sahara hotel, but the Qatar Embassy as well. Minutes after the first blast, another car bomb exploded in the city’s Madina district.  Security forces had been tipped off about the explosives and were pursuing the vehicle when the blast occurred. Authorities are calling it the largest bombing in Somalia’s history.

Original story:

A truck bomb detonated in Mogadishu, Somalia on Saturday, killing at least 45 and injuring a hundred more. Some people were still trapped in the rubble of the Safari Hotel, which appeared to be the primary target, according to Stripes.

Just two days ago, news media reported the “head” of U.S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia’s president. It is unclear if that was General Thomas D. Waldhauser, who is the current commander of Africom.   It was also two days after the country’s defense minister and army chief resigned for what was described as “undisclosed” reasons.

 

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The death toll began at 20, but local media stated that 45 were killed, and the number was expected to rise dramatically as rescuers combed through the rubble from the blast.

Though no one claimed responsibility for the attack, officials think that Al-Shabaab may be the perpetrators.  They have often targeted Mogadishu with bombs. The difference this time is the sheer size of the blast, which left a “trail of destruction” through the busy area. Windows were shattered, and bodies littered the street.

The Daily Mirror reported,

“The group, which is an ally of al Qaeda, is waging an insurgency to topple the UN backed government and its African Union allies, and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.

In recent years, the militants have lost most territory under their control to African Union peacekeepers and government troops, but they frequently launch deadly gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other regions.

Many attacks are aimed at military bases but some also target civilians.”

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