At least 20 killed in Mogadishu bomb carnage – AFP

August 3rd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

MOGADISHU (AFP) — A roadside bomb caused carnage in Somalia Sunday with a group of women sweeping a Mogadishu street “torn to pieces” amid a body count of at least 20 civilians, according to witnesses and medics.

“They were cleaning the street when this huge explosion rocked the entire neighbourhood. I counted 15 bodies, most of them are women who were torn to pieces,” eyewitness Hasan Abdi Mohamed said. (more…)

MOGADISHU (AFP) — A roadside bomb caused carnage in Somalia Sunday with a group of women sweeping a Mogadishu street “torn to pieces” amid a body count of at least 20 civilians, according to witnesses and medics.

“They were cleaning the street when this huge explosion rocked the entire neighbourhood. I counted 15 bodies, most of them are women who were torn to pieces,” eyewitness Hasan Abdi Mohamed said.
Mohamed said the explosion — one of the deadliest to hit civilians in the restive Somali capital in weeks — wounded around 40 people.

Local residents rushed to help the injured, with another witness, Ali Hasan Adan also counting about 15 dead.

“There is blood everywhere, dead and wounded people strewn across the street,” Adan said.

“This is a tragedy, I have never seen such carnage. From what I can see, they are all women who were cleaning the area.”

At the city’s main Madina hospital, Doctor Dahir Mohamed Mohamoud told AFP that five of those brought in died of their injuries, bringing the death toll to at least 20.

“We received 47 civilians who were injured in the blast and so far five have died in the hospital, three of them women,” said Mohamoud, one of the hospital’s directors.

“It’s the largest number of civilians we have received from one incident in weeks,” he added.

At the hospital, Shamso Mumin discovered that her sister was one of the victims of the explosion.

“My sister leaves three orphans behind. She had been doing this kind of work for three months but now she has lost everything, she has lost her life,” she said, sobbing.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion but hardline Islamist groups have routinely targeted military convoys in the area with roadside bombs.

Ethiopian troops came to the rescue of Somalia’s embattled and internationally-backed transitional government in late 2006, ousting an Islamist militia that had briefly controlled large parts of the country.

Islamist insurgents have since waged a deadly guerrilla war against government targets, Ethiopian forces and African Union peacekeepers.

Civilians have borne the brunt of the fighting, with international rights groups and aid agencies saying that at least 6,000 have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced over the past year alone.

The Horn of Africa nation has been plagued by civil fighting and defied more than a dozen peace initiatives since the 1991 overthrow of former president Mohamed Siad Barre led to chaos.

The United Nations sponsored a new peace initiative which led to the signing on June 9 in Djibouti of a truce agreement between the government and the main Islamist-dominated opposition movement.

But the deal led to a split in the opposition, with hardliners insisting Ethiopian troops should leave before negotiations start.

Violence has continued to rock the capital almost daily and peace efforts suffered another blow Saturday when two thirds of the cabinet threatened to quit over alleged misuse of state resources by Prime Minister Nur Hasan Husein.

Nur Hasan Husein said Sunday he had received resignation letters from six of the 10 cabinet members who threatened to resign, and had already replaced two of them. He insisted the upheaval would not affect the Djibouti deal.

  1. Amare Bekele
    | #1

    “Islam and terriorism.”

  2. enb25
    | #2

    Who doesn’t like to see when two terrorist killing each other? Fascist meles zanawe army (agzi) and islmofascist Somalia? The war between those two terrorist group is a good thing for Ethiopians. It’s a win win .Guys if you remember before 1991 this two terrorist group were helping each other and fight against real Ethiopians. They washed their hand with incent Ethiopians blood .Thanks god, now they are killing each other. I wish this war to continue the next hundred years. Anyway some ignorant Ethiopians asking fascist meles zanawe to bring (the troop back home) which troop you talking about you stupid mother fcuker. Those fascist agzi who kill millions incent Ethiopians? Are you crazy? Late them burn in hell. I only feel sorry for those who unwillingly join fascist meles zanawe army (agzi). All you ignorant out their if you like to see fascist meles zanawe army (agzi) gust invite them in your own house late them rape and kill you that is not my business. I am happy to see that anyway.

    The rest of real Ethiopians god bless you.

  3. AGAZY
    | #3

    TO enb25
    YOU IGNORANT DEDEB DORO RASS YOU BETTER GO TO SCHOOL BEFOR YOU COMMENT HERE MAFERIA DONKORO.
    ITS YOUR 2nd TIME TO TELL US ABOUT TERRORIST
    WHT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TERRORIS??? WEREGNA_HODAM
    FAT ASS PPL LIKE YOU SHOULD BE KILLD AND PUT YOU IN HELL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NOW GO AND GET YOUR WALEFARE. FAT ASS DONKORO.

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