Somalia: 27 people killed in Mogadishu explosions


At least 27 people have been killed in two explosions in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

After months of relative calm, militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for both explosions which also injured 20 people on Friday. The attack comes just a day after the country’s interior minister issued a warning over the possibility of car bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

Explosions kill 27 people

The first explosion occurred near the headquarters of Somalia’s intelligence service, which is also nearby a popular hotel. The second blast was close to parliament, police headquarters and the presidential palace in Mogadishu’s government district where sustained gunfire broke out following the second explosion.

Friday’s double car bombing is the first attack carried out by al-Shabaab since December when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the country’s top police academy, killing 18 police officers. However, Mogadishu is still coming to terms with October’s truck bombing which claimed 512 in the deadliest attack to ever take place in Somalia.

Medical staff confirmed the death toll as they transported victims to hospital although the number of victims could yet rise.

Featured image: “Mogadishu Daily Life one year after Al Shabaab 05” flickr photo by AMISOM Public Information shared into the public domain using (CC0)

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.