- At least eight people died after a large explosion outside the airport in the Somali capital.
- Authorities warn that the death toll could rise.
- According to hospital sources, the explosion could be a suicide attack.
New terrorist attack? At least eight people have died and another ten were injured in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, on Wednesday, January 12, in a suicide attack using a car bomb.
The attack occurred in the Waberi district and caused a loud explosion that resulted in a huge plume of smoke. At first, a large explosion was reported outside the international airport in the Somali capital and a lifeguard said there were multiple deaths and injuries, the EFE news agency reported.
Could the death toll increase?
The founder of Aamin’s ambulance service, Abdulkadir Adan, tweeted that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries” in Mogadishu. He posted a photo from the scene of the blast showing a wrecked vehicle.
At the moment, six deaths have been reported. However, it was not immediately clear how many people died in total or who was the target. The Somalia National News Agency reported “unspecified casualties.”
Who is behind the attack?
The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab, which controls parts of Somalia, often carries out bombings at high-profile locations in the capital. The Secretary General of Somalia, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, said on Twitter that, according to local media, Al-Shabaab had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Likewise, Mumin said that the ambulance team and rescuers had indicated that there were currently eight people who had been killed by the explosion. But the police reported that the number could be higher than that and that the victims included civilians and the military. To see the video of the explosion, click HERE.
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