7 September 2013

Somalia: Over Dozen Killed in Coordinated Terror Attacks in Mogadishu

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Somalia's Al-Shabaab drill in November 2008.

A suicide bomber and a car bomb explosion reportedly killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 in Mogadishu on Saturday , marking the deadliest terror attacks to be reported since late last year, Garowe Online reports.

Security official say, the first blast was a car packed full of explosives, which went off in front of Ex-Fiyore building, near the national theatre and a restaurant popular with Somali Federal Government officials.

Civilians were among the casualties at the site, medical sources said. Ambulances raced to the scene, where the first aid groups have removed the casualty figures from the wreckage shortly before a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowd of people gathered at the vicinity.

According to witnesses, the second attack left many people dead "We came to find people lying dead or injured on the ground in pools of blood but a thunderous explosions followed the previous one," said an eye witness.

Nearby residents told Garowe Online that the rising plume of black smoke could be seen all over the area.

President Hassan condemns attacks

Speaking at a conference on radicalism in Mogadishu, Federal Government of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said "We heard that nearly 14 people died in the blasts and most of the victims lost their lives while they were helping casualties left by the first attack, it is really panic ".

Insecurity looms

Mogadishu has been a scene for bombings, coordinated assassinations and military-style ambushes, shoring up escalations of terror attacks by Al Shabaab militants who pose security threats to Mogadishu-based institutions.

Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed the responsibility for the latest attacks including a string of explosions that rocked Mogadishu last Wednesday evening.

A sweep by security forces netted 27 Al Shabaab members and ordinary people, journalists and government officials including the Chairman of Dharkeynley Olympic board, immigration department officer and the Deputy Commissioners of Mogadishu's Wardhigley and Yaqshid districts were killed in planned assassinations and landmine attacks during the last two months.

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