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Truck bomb kills at least 78 people in Somalia

A truck bomb detonates at a security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital, killing at more than 78 people.

Map of Somalia. Photography: Human Rights Watch

 

 

 

 

 

At least 78 people have been killed, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman told The Associated Press. Hundreds of Mogadishu residents donated blood in response to desperate appeals.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that the blast targeted a tax collection centre during the morning rush hour in Mogadishu as Somalia returns to work after its weekend.

Close to 125 wounded people, including children, were rushed to hospitals. Among them were several university students who had been travelling in a bus, Hussein told Aljazeera News Agency.

Speaking to reporters at the blast site, Mogadishu Mayor Omar Muhamoud said the government confirmed at least 90 civilians, mostly students, had been injured in the explosion.

The home grown terrorist group Al-Shabab, later claim of responsibility for the blast after a few days. However, the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab group often carries out such attacks.

Somalia has been trying to rebuild since establishing its first functioning transitional government in 2012. Terrorist group, Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities several years ago, but still carries out suicide attacks across the Horn of Africa nation.

SUSA Monitoring reports and analyses news from TV, radio, web and print media around the world. 

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