Somalia’s leader says at least 100 people were killed in the attack on Saturday | WGN 720 Radio

by: OMAR FAROOK, Associated Press

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president says at least 100 people were killed Saturday in twin car bombings at a busy intersection in the capital, and the death toll could rise.

In a statement at the scene of the blasts, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told reporters early Sunday that about 300 more people had been injured.

It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia since a truck bombing in the same location in October 2017 killed more than 500 people.

Somalia’s government blamed the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group, which often targets the capital. The group does not claim responsibility when large numbers of civilians are killed.

Somalia’s president, elected this year, said the country was continuing its war with al-Shabaab, “and we are winning.” The government, together with militia units, launched a new offensive against the extremists, who hold a large part of the country.

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