At least 100 people, including children, were killed in Saturday’s twin car bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced on Sunday.
In a statement to the press during his visit to the site of the attack, the Somali president said that 100 people were killed and 300 were injured, while a previous report reported 9 dead.
“The numbers of dead and injured both continue to increase”he pointed out.
If no party has yet claimed responsibility for this attack, the modus operandi is similar to that of the terrorist group Al-Shabab, responsible for numerous attacks in Somali cities.
The same group was behind the October 2017 attack that killed 512 people and took place in the same crowded location in the Somali capital.
“It’s in the same place and it’s the same innocent people” who are stricken, Mohamud lamented.
On Saturday, the police spokesman said the two simultaneous explosions occurred on a road alongside the ministry.
A local policeman said one of the vehicles loaded with explosives managed to enter the Ministry of Education compound, triggering a series of gunshots, adding that another detonation occurred a few minutes later.
Over the past two months, Al Shabab has lost a lot of ground to government forces who have stepped up their offensive against the terror group.
The Somali government has confirmed that hundreds of members of the group have been killed in the latest operations, noting that more than 60 villages have been liberated from the hands of terrorists.