The weekend suicide bombing in Somalia has been strongly criticized by the world leaders from the United States, Britain, and France, the deadliest attack in the country that led to the deaths of 276 people. The blast on Saturday occurred at a junction in Hodan, a busy commercial district of the capital Mogadishu, which has many shops, businesses, and hotels. At the time of the blast, hundreds of people were present in the area.
In a statement released by the State Department, the United States criticized the bombing “in the strongest terms”. The statement added Washington “will continue to stand with the Somali government, its people, and our international allies to combat terrorism and support their efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity that”. The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on the other hand, said that his country “condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly attacks in Mogadishu, which have claimed so many innocent lives”. “Solidarity with Somalia. Support to the African Union against Islamist terrorist groups. France stands by your side,” tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron.
The chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, asked the government “to show renewed unity at this critical time and overcome divisions, to rebuild cohesion at all levels of the federal institutions”. It added that the pan-African body, which had deployed a peacemaking mission in the east African country, would “continue its support to the Somali government and people in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace and security”. Commenting on the rise in death toll number, the police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP that death toll may increase further “because there are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously”. He called the bombings as “the deadliest attack ever”.
The Turkish’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara was sending planes “with medical supplies”, and said that the injured would be soon flown to Turkey and treated there. Talking about Turkey, it is a leading donor and investor in Somalia. It inaugurated the largest foreign-run military training centre in Somalia in September, where the local military is due to follow the safety of a country threatened by Shabaad Jihadists. As of now, no one took the responsibility of this huge attack, but the Shabaad, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, has executed many of suicide bombings in its attempt to destroy Somalia’s internationally-backed government.