Somalia terror attack : Death toll in Mogadishu bomb blasts feared to touch 500

Mogadishu bomb blasts : Saturday’s twin bomb blasts in Somali capital Mogadishu has taken the death toll to over 270 and injuring at least 300 in an Islamic terror attack believed to be orchestrated by Al Shabaab, a group linked with the Al Qaeda.

With most of the injuries reported to be life-threatening, the death toll in the Somalia bomb blasts could well touch 500.

According to a report in Reuters, the Mogadhishu bomb blasts are the deadliest attacks since 2007 when Somalia started to get grappled with Islamic insurgency aimed at toppling the government.

A 3-day national mourning has been declared by Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo who has appealed for blood and funds donation to the Mogadishu bomb blasts victims. Flags will be flown at half-mast with the President calling for the people to pray together.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at the Mogadishu bomb blasts site

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at the Mogadishu bomb blasts site. Photo courtesy of Villa Somalia.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said that the horrific Mogadishu terror attack proves that the country’s enemy would not stop from causing pain and suffering to the people and has urged the Somalis to unite against terror.

The US Mission to Somalia on the Mogadishu bomb blasts stated: “The United States lauds the heroic response of the Somali security forces and first responders and Somali citizens who rushed to the aid of their brothers and sisters.

“Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism to promote stability and prosperity for the Somali people and their regional neighbors.”

The first bomb blast in Mogadishu was through a truck bomb explosion outside the Safari Hotel which was followed by another bomb blast two hours later in the Medina district of the Somali capital city.

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