At least 100 people were killed and 300 wounded in twin car bomb explosions targeting the Ministry of Education in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the country’s leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said in a statement.
“Our 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,” Mohamud said after visiting the site of the attack.
No one immediately claimed credit for the bombings, although the Somali leader blamed the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.
The first of the two blasts hit the Ministry Education building near a busy junction in the city’s south. The second took place as security forces and ambulances arrived.
Among those killed were the police commander of the city’s Hodan District Hussein Ad’ed Osman and a local journalist Mohamed Eise Kona.