Somali security forces at the scene of a car bomb explosion at a checkpoint in Mogadishu on December 28, 2019. Feisal Omar, REUTERS

An Explosion In Somalia Leaves Many Dead And Injured

At least 76 people have been killed by a bomb detonated from within a vehicle during morning rush-hour in Mogadishu, Somalia

The bombing occurred at a checkpoint which was a busy City intersection. A further 90 people are also said to have been injured.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. However, Al-Shabaab militants in alliance with the Al-Qaeda have often carried out similar attacks.

The Al-Shabaab have waged an insurgency in Somalia for more than 10 years. 

Even though they were forced out of the capital in 2011, they still control certain parts of the country.

Somalian President, Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo, has stated that he believes the aim of the attack was to demoralise the Somali people.

Furthermore, he stated that Jihadists (Muslims that fight for Islam, especially radical {someone with extreme views} that believe in using violence to achieve religious and political aims) would never stop the country from rebuilding.

According to AFP at least 16 of the victims on the bus were students from Banadire University. They were all said to be travelling back home.

When reached for comment on the situation the university chairman, Mohamed Mohamud Hassan, responded to the AFP stating, “This was a black day.”

“It was a day when parents who have sent their children to learn were sent back the dead bodies of their children.”