Dozens dead in Somalia car bomb explosion

somalia mapFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations has condemned the killing of 80 people after a series of bomb blasts by Islamic extremists in Somalia.
Dozens more were injured after a car bomb detonated during heavy traffic outside the entrance to a hotel in the capital city Mogadishu on Saturday.
While the exact target of the blast remained unclear, the hotel is
adjacent to government offices.
It is suspected some dead or injured people are trapped under the debris
of some destroyed buildings.
Later in the day, a second bombing was reported in the capital city’s Madina district. Two people were killed in that attack.
The al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group, which is battling the government Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, is blamed for the bombings.
Michael Keating, the head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and Representative of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, expressed outrage.
“The barbaric bombings in Mogadishu targeting civilians are deplorable.
I’m horrified by the attacks,” he said.
He extended the UN’s condolences to the families and friends of the dead and injured.
Somalia, also beset by hunger, is battling the decades-old insurgency by the al-Shabbab sect, which seeks to topple the government and install a radical version of Islam.
Defense Minister, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed, and Army Commander, Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, quit last week amid relentless terror by the sect.
Over 20 000 African Union forces stationed in the country are struggling to quell the militancy.
CAJ News


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