Somalia At least 100 People Killed in Car Bombings

Car bombs targeting the ministry of education in Somalia killed more than 100 people and injured 300 on October 29. PHOTO: COURTESY.

At least 100 people were killed and more than 300 wounded when two vehicles exploded outside the ministry of education in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the president said.

The first attack occurred shortly after 2 p.m., followed by a second explosion targeting people and medics gathered to assist the victims. Among those killed are a journalist, security officers and government workers.

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited the site of the attack and condemned the attack against innocent civilians.

“The situation is serious. We expect more deaths and injuries. This is the second Zobe junction attack. The attack happened in the same place. The attack is similar… that’s not right.”

In October 2017, a truck full of explosives exploded in the exact location of Zobe junction, killing at least 500 people and injuring more than 1,000. The attack was described as the deadliest single attack in the country’s history.

The militant group did not claim responsibility for the attack. However, a group member was convicted for the attack and executed for his role in the attack.

The president urged the public to donate blood for the victims of Saturday’s attack and promised the children who lost their parents in the attack.

Mohamud said his government would stop this kind of attack.

“I would like to tell Somali people there will be no October attacks similar to this one. They won’t have the power to carry this kind of attack. And this attack, they are reminding us that they are still active… we will defeat them,” he said.

The bomb attacks come as the government troops and local allied militias continue military operations in central regions. The insurgent group lost villages and towns and more than 100 fighters were killed.

The president said his government and the people would defend the country against evil.