In what is now being called the “worst terrorist attack” ever on Somalia, at least 300 people have been declared dead after a truck bomb went off. The attack, which has also injured hundreds seriously is being blamed on militant group al-Shabaab.
The death toll in the bombing that hit the center of Mogadishu on Saturday may still continue to rise as some people are still missing and life-saving efforts are underway for those who suffered severe injuries. The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.
This major mass homicide was committed without guns, and the death toll dwarfs that of the Las Vegas shooting. Monday morning, Somalia’s information minister announced that 276 people had died in the attack with at least 300 people injured. Within mere hours, however, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin ambulances, said his service had confirmed that 300 people died in the blast. Some reports put the number of casualties as high as 500. “The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing,” Abdirahman told Reuters.
Even more terrifying, is that the exact death toll may actually never be known because the intense heat generated by the blast meant the remains of many people would not be found. More victims continue to be dug from the rubble spread over an area hundreds of meters wide in the center of the city.
According to The Guardian, the bomb, which is thought to have targeted Somalia’s foreign ministry, was concealed in a truck and exploded near a hotel, demolishing the building and several others. Sources close to the Somali government said the truck had been stopped at a checkpoint and was about to be searched when the driver suddenly accelerated. It crashed through a barrier, then exploded. This ignited a fuel tanker parked nearby, creating a massive fireball.
The devastating bombing, which provoked international condemnation, will focus attention on the decade-long battle against al-Shabaab, an Islamist group, in Somalia. Earlier this year, Al-Shabab vowed to increase its attacks after both the Trump administration and Somalia’s recently elected president announced new military efforts against the group.
“There’s nothing I can say. We have lost everything,” said Zainab Sharif, a mother of four who lost her husband in the attack. She sat outside a hospital where he was pronounced dead after doctors tried for hours to save him from an arterial injury.
Muna Haj, 36, said: “Today, I lost my son who was dear to me. The oppressors have taken his life away from him. I hate them. May Allah give patience to all families who lost their loved ones in that tragic blast … And I pray that one day Allah will bring his justice to the perpetrators of that evil act.”
The president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of national mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded. “I am appealing to all Somali people to come forward and donate,” he said. –The Guardian
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Mogadishu’s Medina hospital, said his staff had been “overwhelmed by both dead and wounded. This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past.” Some the bodies and those critically injured were burned so badly that they were unrecognizable.
Was this the Mogadishu, the suburb of Minneapolis, the one outsdie of Ottawa, Ontario, or the one in Somalia? The former two have more Somali Muslims than the latter, so just clarifying…
Why is there a picture of obama standing in the bomb rubble?
I’m sure most readers here have seen this video: ht tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw @ the 1:30 mark almost precisely Gen. Clarke mentions that one of the 7 countries in the plans/works to invade or in some way destabilize is Somalia. Granted Somalia hasn’t far to fall to be ‘destabilized’. But, consider that the video was filmed in 2007, a decade ago, I ask, ‘why is it any surprise that Somalia is being hit by “terrorism” today?’. The 7 countries for those not familiar with the video were named as being – Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Yemen. Not too shabby a predictive conversation, huh?
why is it any surprise that Somalia is being hit by “terrorism” today?
The question you should be asking is, “Who the hell gives a flying shit about Somalia?” Just another shit hole on earth.
A religion of piece.
Yes Sir!! Peace is all they know in life.
Islam, the religion of pieces. HUMAN pieces, sadly.
More of the good, peaceful Muslims of the world…Keep them the hell out of the USA.
Comrade Pelosi and the DNC need to charter more airliners to resettle millions more Somali lifetime entitlement voters and sleeper cells in the Red States.
We already have massive populations of them in MN and MI.
turnabout is fair play. Relocate Pelosi, Hillary, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Elizabeth Warren and all the rest to Somali ……. maybe al-Shabab’s gang might treat them the way they’d deserve.
ISIS or Israel State Intelligence Service as I have read was the original name before it became Mossad claimed to have pulled off the Las Vegas mass shooting. Who funds ISIS? Why were the families of 9-11 victims not allowed to sue Saudi Arabia where most of the alleged terrorists lived? In your face lies that the entire US government defends. A big step to not caring what the people think. The recent Muslim projected connected killings, Boston and Orlando serve notice to expect more of the same deceit.
That’s 300 less potential terrorist . Oxygen thieves anyhow.
I agree, fuck them naggers they need to exterminate them all. Worthless zombie resource consumers anyway. But they will all have a free plane ride here to suck off our tit. Fuckin’ amerikans will welcome them trust me. When WROL happens a lot of fuckers are gonna die…..
300 less pirates to have to deal with.
But…But… Mohammedans killing Mohammedans, that is not allowed, right? What about the Dar Es Islam, AKA peace of Islam, where peace and harmony rules when a country is 100 % inhabited by adherents of the Religion of Peace?
Al-Shabab? Try Al-Shish-kabob.
The truck bombing was just another CIA operation fronting “regime change” in Somalia.
The U.S. government is still ticked off about how a bunch of drugged-out Somalian kids kicked the crap out of “the world’s mightiest military” after a series of faulty raids, high civilian casualties, and over-whelming civilian hostility against U.S. forces, especially their use of helicopters.
Remember “Black Hawk Down?”
Al-Shish-kabob is just U.S. payback at the Somalian people.
Talk about blow back for being such dirt bags!
Spreading radical Islam, leaching off the welfare states of Canada and the US, driving over innocent people in terror attacks, endlessly being found to be behind terror attacks in the West – the Somalis don’t do grateful.
Let em kill each other. Somalia is worthless. Its so dysfunctional it will never be normal.
Talk about a place that has contributed nothing good to humanity! They despoiled their own country and then moved on mass to the Western welfare states to set up camp there. To show their gratitude many Somalis have been involved in terror attacks and radical Islam.
We see a familiar pattern of a population ruining their own country and lands and then moving on mass to the West to do the same there.