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Bombs in Somalia kill hundreds

by Mary Roche
Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Earlier this week, two truck bombs exploded in the capital of Somalia, killing hundreds instantly. At this time, at least 300 people have been declared dead.

The first truck exploded near a popular hotel and busy intersection. Most of the death toll has been attributed to the first blast. The second explosion happened nearby, killing and injuring more people.

Some medical workers spoke to The Washington Post about how tragic this incident has been for Mogadishu.

“Today is the worst day of my life. We are overwhelmed by the high number of the casualties,” Ahmed Osman, a nurse in Mogadishu’s Medina Hospital, said. “I have been working at this hospital for more than seven years, and I never saw or heard this number of deaths.”

One citizen described the death of her husband in a previous attack and her sons in this one.

The Shabab is a group that frequently attacks Mogadishu. President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed is blaming the extremist group for the attack. The Shabab is linked to Al Qaeda, but so far, it seems that no group has explicitly claimed responsibility.

According to the Long War Journal, over 700 people have been injured during attacks on the capital this year. Many of these have included assassination attempts and suicide bombings.

This attack blew a city block to pieces and the death toll has continued to rise. The hospitals have been dealing with crowded facilities since the attack on October 14. Throughout social media, many users have spread the hashtag #prayforSomalia. Citizens are also still looking to find family and friends, hoping to not have to identify bodies of loved ones.