MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
At least 32
people have been confirmed dead in Friday’s twin bombing attacks
in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with most of the casualties
A police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua on
Saturday that the death toll had risen as several beach-goers
succumbed to their injuries in various hospitals in the city.
"I can say so far we know 32 people have died in the Friday
attacks in Mogadishu," the officer said.
"The casualties increased since most of those injured, mainly
young people who were from the Lido beach, died of injuries."
Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the
double car bombing attacks, one targeting the presidential
palace and the other went off near the intelligence
Somali security forces killed all five militants at the
entrance of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace.
presidential guard was killed.
The militants were dressed in police uniform and drove
vehicles painted in police colors, evading several checkpoints
before arriving at their targets.
Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman said on Saturday that
most of those killed were teenagers going home from Lido beach,
which is near the intelligence headquarters.
On Oct. 14 last year, a truck bomb hit Mogadishu, killing
more than 500 people.
No group claimed responsibility for the
attack, but the Somali government had laid blame on the
al-Shabaab terror group.
UN chief condemns car bomb attacks in Somalia
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
Antonio Guterres on Saturday strongly condemned Friday’s attacks
in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, which claimed the lives of
many civilians, his spokesman said.
Guterres extended his profound condolences to the families of
the victims and to the people and government of Somalia, and
commended the response of the Somali security forces and the UN
peacekeeping mission in the country, spokesman Stephne Dujarric
said in a statement.
The secretary-general reiterated the full support of the
United Nations to the Somali authorities in their fight against
terrorism and their pursuit of a peaceful and stable Somalia,
said the statement.
Two suicide car bomb blasts in Mogadishu on Friday have left
at least 38 people dead and dozens others injured.
Somali forces repulse militant attack on presidential palace
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia security forces on
Friday foiled a terror attack at the presidential palace
following twin explosions that rocked the capital city within an
interval of about 15 minutes.
A police officer, Ahmed Abdulle, told Xinhua that security
forces manning the presidential palace repulsed militants who
were trying to storm into the palace, killing three of them.
"They tried to storm into Villa Somalia but our forces fought
"The forces were pursuing the vehicle as it headed towards
the palace but exploded before reaching the target," Abdulle
The first explosion went off at around 6 p.m. local time,
when a vehicle loaded with explosives hit the newly opened
Dorbin hotel near the intelligence headquarters.
A second expolsion went off shortly after near Villa Somalia.
Witnesses recounted of the turn of the events.
"We heard a huge explosion followed by a lot of gunfire near
the parliament building.
"We were told Sayidka hotel was being attacked," Yasmin
Militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the
attack, which came barely a day after Security Minister Mohamed
Islow warned of a minivan loaded with explosives in Mogadishu.
Security forces have in the past week cordoned off roads and
launched major security operations in the city amid reports of
an impending attack.