May 2010 Mogadishu bombings

The May 2010 Mogadishu bombings were an attack at a mosque near the Bakaara market in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on 1 May 2010. The bombs killed at least 39[1] people and injured around 70 others.[2]

May 2010 Mogadishu bombings
Bakaara Market, the site of the bombings, taken sometime before 2008
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Date1 May 2010
13:00 (UTC+3)
TargetAbdala Shideye Mosque
Attack type



Somalia, which has not had a functional central government since the 1991 deposing of President Siad Barre, is controlled by several different factions.[3] The area of the capital where the bombings occurred, including the mosque and the Bakaara Market, was under the control of al-Shabaab, a militant organisation that was engaged in a struggle against the provisional Transitional Federal Government.[4][5]



The bombings occurred around 1 pm local time (10:00 UTC).[4] The bombs were placed at opposite ends of the ground floor of the Abdala Shideye Mosque as people were awaiting the Dhuhr midday prayers.[6] It is believed that Fuad Mohamed Qalaf, an upper-level official within al-Shabaab, was the intended target of the attacks.[7] Qalaf was reported to have suffered only minor injuries to his hands.[8]

The attack was the deadliest in Mogadishu since the Hotel Shambo bombing in December 2009.[9] Information Minister Dahir Mohamud Gelle said it was the first such attack in a mosque in Somalia.[10]



Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra, representing the African Union, said "Indiscriminate attacks on public places like today's incident cannot be condoned. I, on behalf of the African Union, would like to call upon all warring parties in the Somali Conflict to stop such barbaric attacks on innocent civilian population."[4]

While al-Shabaab has accused private Western security firms, no group has claimed any kind of responsibility for the bombings.[10]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Scores dead after blasts rip through Somalian mosque". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario: CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Somali blasts kill at least 30 at 'militants mosque'". BBC News. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Dozens dead in Somali mosque blasts". Al-Jazeera. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Unattributed (1 May 2010). "Somalia mosque explosions kill at least 35". CNN. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  5. ^ Smith, Stephen; Robert McClelland (21 August 2009). "Listing of Al-Shabaab as a Terrorist Organisation". Australian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  6. ^ Hamsa, Omar (1 May 2010). "Somali Mosque Explosions Kill at Least 28 People in Mogadishu". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  7. ^ Henry, Robin (1 May 2010). "Thirty dead in Somalia mosque bombings". The Times. London, UK: News Corporation. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  8. ^ Guled, Abdi; Mohamed Ahmed (1 May 2010). "Blasts at Somali mosque kill 32-al Shabaab". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 May 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ Abdinur, Mustafa Haji (1 May 2010). "Twenty-five killed in Mogadishu blasts: officials". AFP. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  10. ^ a b Raghavan, Sudarsan (1 May 2010). "Two bombs kill at least 30 at mosque in Somali capital". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 May 2010.

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