The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu jumped to 85 on Sunday (October 15), making it one of the most deadly attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.
” SOMALI DIRECTOR OF MADINA HOSPITAL, MOHAMED YUSUF HASSAN, SAYING:
“What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before and the death toll is uncountable. Corpses were burned and no one could recognize them.” “
Police said a truck bomb exploded on Saturday (October 14) outside a hotel in the K5 intersection that is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks, flattening several buildings and setting dozens of vehicles on fire. Two hours later, another blast struck the capital’s Madina district.
The director of the Madina hospital, which treated dozens of victims, said many patients lost limbs at the scene and several corpses were burned beyond recognition.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but al Shabaab, a group allied to al Qaeda, often carries out attacks.
The group is waging an insurgency against the U.N.-backed government and its African Union allies in a bid to topple the weak administration and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.