Car Bombs Explode On Street Killing At Least 100 People

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Two car bombs exploded at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The massive explosions killed a devastating amount of bystanders, including children. The attack came five years after another massive blast in the exact same location killed over 500 people.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says at least 100 people were killed in two car bombings at a busy junction in the capital on Saturday, and the toll could rise. The government has blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets the capital.

The attack in Mogadishu occurred on a day when senior officials were meeting to discuss increased efforts to combat violent extremism.

The government and militia groups have been engaged in plans against the extremists. The government of Somalia has launched a high-profile offensive against the extremist group, but the extremists have responded by killing prominent clan leaders.

At least 30 dead people were brought to the Medina hospital, and 35 wounded were collected. Frantic relatives peeked under plastic sheeting and into body bags looking for loved ones.

An Associated Press journalist was killed and two others wounded in the second blast, which occurred in front of a busy restaurant during lunchtime. Two more journalists were injured during this explosion as well. They were trying to rush to the scene of the first blast to cover the damage that occurred as a result.

Security personnel and ambulances are now stationed near destroyed and damaged buildings after an al-Shabab car bombing targeted the education ministry in Mogadishu.

Witnesses said the first blast hit the perimeter wall of the education ministry, where street vendors and money changers were located.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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