February 2018 Mogadishu attacks

On 23 February 2018, at least 45 people were killed and 36 others injured in two car bombings and a shooting in Mogadishu.[1] Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.[2]

February 2018 Mogadishu attacks
Part of Somali Civil War (2009–present)
Mogadishu is located in Somalia
Mogadishu (Somalia)
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Date23 February 2018
Attack type
Suicide car bombings, shooting
Deaths45 (+7 attackers)


On 23 February 2018, two suicide car bombs exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.[3] The first car bomb went off after militants breached a checkpoint near the president's residence by shooting at security personnel. The other detonated in front of a hotel away from the palace.[4] 45 bystanders were killed and 36 others injured.[5] Five attackers were also reported dead.[6]


The Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via its Andalus radio arm, stating that both its drivers were suicide bombers.[2]


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  3. ^ Hassan, Mohamed Olad. "Mogadishu Blasts Death Toll Rises to 38". VOA. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
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  5. ^ "Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45: government official". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
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