The objective of the attack was to attack President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, according to the Police.
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At least 25 people died and 45 more were injured this Saturday in a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, confirmed to EFE the Somali Police spokesman, Sadik Dodishe, warning that the count of victims is still ongoing.
Dodishe explained that the objective of the attack was to attack President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to the prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre and the leaders of the five federal states of Somalia, meeting at a high-level conference in the Hotel Jazeera Palace, 1.5 kilometers from the place where the two explosions occurred.
According to the same source, the assailants were unable to reach the target and attacked the ministry of education, Located at the busy intersection of zoobe, causing a large number of civilian casualties.
The attack was claimed by the Somali jihadist group Al-Shabab, who threatened to continue with this type of attack in government areas.
“Today’s cruel and cowardly terrorist attack against innocent people by the morally bankrupt and criminal Al Shabab group cannot discourage us, but will further strengthen our resolve to defeat them once and for all,” the Somali president said.
The attack was also condemned by the Somali Prime Minister, the mission of the African Union (AU) in Somalia, United Nations and Qatar, among others.
Currently the situation is returning to normal, while hospitals are working to rescue and help the victims of the attack.
In a statement to the press, the Somali police spokesman pointed out that among the deceased there were women and children.
According to police sources cited by local media and the Somali Journalists Union, among the deceased are a police commander and a well-known Somali journalist, and among the wounded the photojournalist of Reuters and the collaborator of VOA (Voice of America).
The national meeting between the central government and the presidents of the five federal states of Somalia was being held in Mogadishu with the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence and discussing the jihadist threat.
587 dead in the same place
In October 2017, 587 people died at the same Zoobe intersection after a truck bomb attack, in what was the worst attack in memory in the Somali capital.
The president of Somalia declared on August 23 a “total war” to “eliminate” Al Shabab, whose terrorists took over a well-known hotel in Mogadishu days before for thirty hours and killed 21 people.
Since then, several US-backed military operations have been carried out against the fundamentalists, which last September killed “more than a hundred members” of the jihadist group, according to the Somali government.
Al Shabab, a group affiliated since 2012 to the network Al Qaeda, It often perpetrates terrorist attacks in the Somali capital and other parts of Somalia to overthrow the central government – backed by the international community – and establish by force an Islamic state of the Wahhab (ultra-conservative) court.
The jihadist group controls rural areas of central and southern Somalia and also attacks neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia.
Somalia has lived in a state of war and chaos since 1991, when the dictator was overthrown Mohammed Siad Barre, which left the country without an effective government and in the hands of Islamist militias and warlords.