At least 29 killed in attack on Ministry of Education headquarters in Somalia’s capital


Police attribute the attack to the jihadist organization Al Shabaab, the most active in the country and one of the most dangerous on the continent.

A suicide bomber in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 29 people and injured 70 others, allegedly preceding an attack by a group of gunmen on the headquarters of the Ministry of Education in the city.

A police spokesman, Mohamed Dahir, reported the new balance, explaining that most of the dead are civilians. It has also indicated that there were at least four attackers and warned that many of the injured are in critical condition.

Police blame the attack on the jihadist organization Al Shabaab, the country’s most active and one of the most dangerous on the continent. According to the security forces, the jihadists caused two explosions, believed to be suicide attacks, before breaking into the ministry’s headquarters.

Somali Times newspaper sources have confirmed the entry into the ministry of the jihadists, who opened fire indiscriminately.

Among the deceased is journalist Mohamed Isse Koona, 29, as confirmed by the Somalia Journalists Union on its Twitter account. Other colleagues were injured: Voice of America reporter Abdul Qadir and Reuters agency photojournalist Faisal Omar, who were eating at a nearby restaurant hit by the attack.

“Somali Times” sources initially reported at least “two large explosions” just “minutes apart” that preceded the attack on the ministry’s headquarters, on Sobe Road, a busy area surrounded by commercial areas.

“We are still collecting the total losses from the brutal attack launched by these beasts, but we reiterate that the Somali security forces and the government remain committed to the fight to eliminate this enemy,” said police spokesman Sadik Dodishe. .

The terrorist group Al Shabaab, associated with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attacks through its Al Andalus station.

Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre has expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack. “I think of the families of those who died and those who were injured in today’s barbaric attacks. My government will continue to fight and eliminate the terrorist group Al Shabaab,” he said.

The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has “firmly” condemned Al Shabaab’s “relentless attack” and expressed its condolences to the families of the victims. “We strongly support the Somalis against terrorism,” he stressed in a short message on Twitter.

The site of the suicide bombing is Mogadishu’s Zoobe crossing, the same site where more than 587 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a truck bomb explosion on October 14, 2017.

Source: La Verdad


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