Monday, 16 October 2017

Deadly Mogadishu bomb blast kills 276 people (Videos)

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital, Mogadishu Saturday is now known to have killed at least 276 people, police say.

A lorry ladened with explosives was detonated near the entrance of a hotel at Zoobe junction, injuring hundreds more. The area is a bustling area of the city with many shops, hotels and offices.

It has been described as the worst single explosion in the East African country since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed blamed the attack on them, calling it a “heinous act”.

 “Brothers, this cruel act was targeted at civilians who were going about their business,” the president said. He has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

 Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll was likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he said.

 Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.

 Mogadishu’s Mayor, Thabit Abdi called for unity while addressing a crowd of people who had gathered to protest.

 “Oh, people of Mogadishu, Mogadishu shouldn’t be a graveyard for burnt dead bodies,” he said.

“Mogadishu is a place of respect, and if we remain united like we are today, moving ahead, we will surely defeat the enemy, Allah willing.”

Some videos from the blast below..

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