MOGADISHU: The president of Somalia announced in a statement early on Sunday that two vehicle bombs that exploded outside the ministry of education on Saturday left at least 100 persons dead and 300 wounded.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited the bomb site and remarked, “Our people who were killed… included mothers with their infants in their arms, dads who had medical ailments, students who were sent to study, and businesspeople who were suffering with the lives of their families.”
Although the president laid the blame at the feet of the insurgent organization al Shabaab, no one quickly claimed credit for the attack. Al Shabaab often refrains from taking credit for assaults that leave many people dead or injured.
The education ministry was struck by the first explosion in Mogadishu, which happened close to a busy intersection. The second happened as rescuers gathered and ambulances arrived to assist the injured.
Windows close by were broken by the explosion wave. Just outside the building, the asphalt was covered in blood.
The incident occurred in the same location as Somalia’s worst blast, which killed more than 500 people in the same month of 2017. At the K5 crossroads, which is surrounded by government buildings, eateries, and shops, a truck bomb detonated outside a crowded hotel.
The number of victims may increase, according to Mohamud. He had given the administration orders to get the injured, some of whom were in critical condition, prompt medical attention.