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at least 100 dead in a double car bomb attack in Mogadishu – RT in French

The Somali capital Mogadishu was once again hit on October 30 by an attack. Two vehicles turned into bombs exploded within minutes of each other, killing at least 100 people and injuring hundreds more.

At least 100 people, including children, were killed in a double car bomb attack on October 30 on a busy thoroughfare in the center of the capital Mogadishu, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said.

“One hundred people were killed and 300 were injured,” he said after visiting the site of the attack, adding that “the numbers of dead and injured both continued to increase” .

Two cars packed with explosives exploded within minutes of each other in the afternoon near the busy Zobe junction. Gunshots were then heard in an attack targeting the Somali Ministry of Education. The explosions shattered windows of nearby buildings, sending shrapnel and plumes of smoke and dust into the air.

The attack took place at the same busy intersection where a truck exploded on October 14, 2017, killing 512 people and injuring more than 290. “It’s the same place and it’s the same innocent people” who are being hit, a lamented the head of state. This type of attack – which was not immediately claimed – is generally attributed by the Somali authorities to Al-Shabaab jihadist militants who regularly carry out attacks in the capital and major cities of Somalia.

The Shebab were driven out of the capital in 2011

The Islamist group, linked to Al-Qaeda, has been fighting the federal government supported by the international community since 2007. It was driven out of the main cities – including Mogadishu in 2011 – but remains firmly established in large rural areas, especially in the south of the country.

“Ruthless terrorists killed mothers. Some of them died with their children trapped on their backs,” said Somali police spokesman Sadik Dudishe.

He added during a press briefing that the attackers had targeted “students and other civilians”. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack the previous week on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo that left nine dead and 47 injured.

In recent months, the Shebab have increased their activity in Somalia – a poor and unstable country in the Horn of Africa – with in particular a spectacular assault, lasting around thirty hours, at the end of August on a hotel in Mogadishu.

The current drought could cause a severe famine

After this attack which left at least 21 dead and 117 injured, President Hassan Cheikh Mohamud promised a “total war” to eliminate the Shebab and called on the population to “stay away” from areas controlled by the Islamists who would be targeted by future offensives.

The security forces and local clan militias have notably launched military operations in the center of the country, which, according to the authorities, have made it possible to regain ground from Islamist fighters.

In addition to the Shebab insurgency, Somalia is also threatened by an imminent famine, caused by the most severe drought observed for more than 40 years.

Across the country, 7.8 million people, nearly half of the population, are affected by the drought, of which 213,000 are in great danger of starvation, according to the UN. Without urgent mobilization, a state of famine could be declared before the end of the year.


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