Car Bomb Explodes In Somalia

Car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international reports, at least ten people were killed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu when a car bomb exploded in a shopping mall Monday, February 4, 2019.

Mogadishu police officials have been quoted in international reports confirming the bombing in the capital’s business district.

According to police officials, the death toll may rise because of the number of those seriously wounded and a thorough search of the wreckage has yet to occur.

Some witnesses were quoted saying that the explosion rattled windows of several nearby business buildings.

Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group, has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to reports, they were also responsible for three car bombings in November 2018 that injured over 100 people and killed at least 52.

The bombs in Mogadishu were detonated near a hotel popular with visitors to Somalia and international journalists.

Since 2006, the group has carried out several attacks in Mogadishu, killing international aid workers, journalists, civilian leaders, and peacekeepers, as well as Somalia’s government and military targets.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the group wants to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state.

The attack marks the second major terror attack carried out by Al-Shabaab in 2019 following several hours of siege last month in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. At least 21 people were killed.

At least 21 people were killed when militants from the terror group laid siege at the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities in Nairobi.

The CFR is an independent, nonpartisan policy organization with an international membership. This membership includes individuals and corporations. It also includes journalists, civic leaders, students and religious leaders. It was founded in 1921.

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