The gravest terrorist attack in the recent attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has left more than 250 people dead.
The country’s information minister Abdirahman Osman said at least 276 people have been killed in the bomb blast in Mogadishu.
Osman said on Twitter that more than 300 people were wounded in the terrorist attack. The busiest road junction in Mogadishu was hit by a massive explosion that killed hundreds and flattened many homes nearby.
The businesses in the afflicted areas were destroyed and the cars positioned nearby were burned to ashes.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with victims of today’s terrorists’ heinous and barbaric attack to civilians in #Mogadishu. Our thanks and appreciations goes with security forces, emergency services and public for their quick response in helping injured people, tweeted Osman after the bomb blasted to kill an unprecedented numbers of people.
On Sunday, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo declared three days of national mourning.
“We will observe three days of mourning for innocent victims, flags will be flown at half-mast. Time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win. I call on our citizens to come out, extend help, donate blood and comfort the bereaved. Let’s get through this together,” Mohamed said.
The president also urged the residents to help the families of the dead and the wounded.
The mayor of Mogadishu has urged the residents to donate blood. “I call on the Somali people to visit the city’s hospitals and donate blood. Please, come to the rescue of your brothers,” Mogadishu mayor Thabit Abdi Mohammed, told the press.
No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet. The attack, however, came only 2 days after the country’s military chief and defense minister resigned from their positions.
The International community has condemned the terrorist attack and expressed their support for the Somalian people.
The message of condolences from Pan-African parliamentarians towards the #Mogadishu terrorists attack:
Message of condolences from Pan-African parliamentarians towards the #Mogadishu terrorists attack
Posted by Abdirahman Omar Osman on Monday, October 16, 2017