On Saturday, a double car bomb terror attack in the Somalian capital city of Mogadishu left 300 dead and another 300 injured, making it the deadliest attack in the country’s modern history. The majority of the casualties were from the first explosion which originated from inside a truck and destroyed several stalls, a popular hotel and part of Qatar’s embassy. The second explosion went off a few minutes later from another vehicle nearby. Authorities had been tipped off about the vehicle and were in pursuit when it detonated.
Somalia is a coastal nation in East Africa bordering Ethiopia and Kenya. The country has an estimated population of 14.3 million and is currently suffering from a severe drought and famine. Mogadishu is located on the Eastern coast on the Indian Ocean.
As of now, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. The al-Qaeda-linked group Al-Shabaab has been at war with the Somalian government for over 10 years and has carried out bomb attacks in the country previously, according to CNN reporting.
Yesterday, the office of the president of Somalia announced that there would be three official days of mourning for the victims of the attack. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered and over 100 people are still unaccounted for. There are also 40 individuals whose injuries exceed what can be treated at the local hospitals and are being airlifted to Turkey for treatment according to Somalia’s Information Minister.
There has been shockingly lax coverage of the attack in Western media, especially considering the world-wide responses to the hurricane devastation and Las Vegas massacre in the United States. People are taking to social media to question where the outrage for the deadliest attack in years is.
Almost 300 people killed.
At least 300 injured.
More than 100 missing.
Where is the collective outrage?https://t.co/Gst5tA5g8a
— Hamza Mohamed (@Hamza_Africa) October 16, 2017
At least 277 people were killed in Somalia’s deadliest attack ever on Saturday. #Mogadishu, we are thinking of you.
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) October 16, 2017
The attacks in Somalia are horrifying & Canada condemns them strongly. We mourn with the Canadian Somali community today.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 15, 2017
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) October 16, 2017
Let’s not allow the tragedy in Somalia to go unnoticed.