Somalia leader says at least 100 people were killed in Saturday’s attack


MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s president says at least 100 people were killed in Saturday’s two car bombings at a busy junction in the capital and the toll could rise.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in a statement at the site of the blasts, told reporters early Sunday that nearly 300 other people were injured.

It is the deadliest attack in Somalia since a truck bomb in the same location in October 2017 killed more than 500 people.

The Somali government has blamed the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab, which often targets the capital. The group does not claim responsibility when large numbers of civilians are killed.

Somalia’s president, elected this year, said the country remains at war with al-Shabab “and we are winning”. The government, with militias, has embarked on a new offensive against the extremists who hold large parts of the country.

ABC News

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