Somalia: At least 90 killed in Mogadishu bombing


At least 90 people have been killed after a bomb exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday morning.

The bomb detonated during the Saturday morning rush hour, which starts the country’s working week. Dozens more have been injured and many students are known to be among the dead in Somalia’s deadliest attack for more than two years.

Scores killed in Mogadishu blast

The final death toll from Saturday’s attack is yet to be confirmed but the initial counts were closer to 30 and have since risen to a minimum of 90. The attacker targeted a busy area where a security checkpoint, designed to prevent attacks, had caused a bottleneck of traffic, ultimately leaving dozens of people within the blast radius.

Authorities warned the final death toll could rise significantly due to the nature of the injuries sustained by people caught in the blast.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, as yet, but extremist group al-Shabaab has carried out a string of attacks using the same tactics in recent years. In October 2017, the group carried out the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history, detonating a truck bomb in a busy section of the capital, which killed almost 600 people.

Featured image: “Downtown Mogadishu” flickr photo by Enough Project shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

About Aaron Brooks

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.