Two weeks ago, on October 14, the deadliest incident in Somalia’s history happened when a double car bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 277 people and sent 300 to the hospital. At least 40 had to be airlifted to hospitals in Turkey because their injuries were so severe.
Sadly, another deadly incident in Mogadishu comes right on the heels of this tragic incident. On Saturday, at least 19 people were killed when two car bombs detonated outside a hotel near Somalia’s presidential palace in Mogadishu. The first blast happened near the Nasa Hablod Two Hotel. A second blast happened in the same area moments later.
A firefight occurred after the bombings with at least three militants armed with AK-47’s and machine guns inside of the hotel. According to CNN:
‘The victims included former member of the Somali Parliament Abdinasir Garane, southwest region minister Madoobe Nuunow and a police official, according to Mohamed and Major Ahmed Ibrahim.’
‘Mogadishu, a large city on the east African nation’s coast, has endured high levels of violence for years. Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror group, has carried out several deadly car bomb attacks in the city.’