December 1, 2022

U.S. ‘strongly condemns’ terrorist attacks that killed over 100 people in Somalia

A man walks past wreckages of destroyed vehicles near the ruins of a building at the scene of an explosion along K5 street in Mogadishu, Somalia October 30, 2022. (REUTERS/Abdirahman Hussein)
A man walks past wreckages of destroyed vehicles near the ruins of a building at the scene of an explosion along K5 street in Mogadishu, Somalia October 30, 2022. (REUTERS/Abdirahman Hussein)
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The United States on Sunday condemned Saturday’s terrorist attacks in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that killed over 100 people and wounded more than 300 others. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for both attacks, which targeted the country’s education ministry.

Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced that at least 100 people were killed and more than 300 others were wounded by the two car bombs in Mogadishu.

He said that the people who were massacred “included mothers with their children in their arms, fathers who had medical conditions, students who were sent to study, businessmen who were struggling with the lives of their families.”

It was the deadliest attacks to rock Somalia since 2017 when a truck bomb killed over 500 people at the same location.

In Washington, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan condemned the attacks on behalf of the United States.

“The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s tragic terrorist attack in Mogadishu that killed an estimated 100 people and wounded approximately 300 more, and in particular its heinous targeting of the Somali Ministry of Education and first responders,” he said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to the Somali people and to all those who lost loved ones or were injured by these unconscionable attacks against innocent civilians.”

Sullivan added that “the United States remains committed to supporting the Federal Government of Somalia in its fight to prevent such callous terrorist acts.”

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