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At least 76 people killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack

A truck bomb has killed at least 76 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

by James Cox Dec 28th 2019 · 1 min read
At least 76 people killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack

A truck bomb has killed at least 76 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

The attack was one of the deadliest in recent times to hit the country, with the blast going off during Saturday morning rush-hour.

Ismail Mukhtar, a government spokesperson, said the death toll is likely to rise as dozens of people were taken to hospital.

Abdiqadir Abdirahman, the director of the Aamin ambulance service, said more than 50 other people have been injured.

Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed said most of those killed were university and other students returning to class.

No terror group have claimed responsibility for the attack but al-Shabaab are known for such attacks.

The al-Qaida-linked group has been pushed out of Mogadishu but it continues to target areas such as checkpoints and hotels.

Al-Shabaab were blamed for an attack in the city in October 2017 which saw over 500 people killed in a truck bombing.

They never claimed responsibility but security experts claimed they were afraid to do so in fear that the attack, designed to expose the government's weakness, had backfired.

last updated: 2019-12-28@21:12