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
Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Somalia)
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Date23 February 2018
Attack type
Suicide car bombings, shooting
Deaths45 (+7 attackers)
Injured36
PerpetratorsAl-Shabaab

AttackEdit

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]

ResponsibilityEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45: government official". Reuters. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ a b "The Latest: Al-Shabab claims Somalia blasts that kill 18". Washington Post. Associated Press. 2018-02-23. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  3. ^ Hassan, Mohamed Olad. "Mogadishu Blasts Death Toll Rises to 38". VOA. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ "At least 18 dead and 20 injured after twin car bomb attacks in Somalia's capital Mogadishu". euronews. 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ "Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45: government official". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  6. ^ "Deadly double car bombings rock Somalia's Mogadishu - France 24". France 24. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-24.