Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog #9: Seventeen Dead in Attack on Somalia Ministries

Militants from the Somali extremist group Al-Shabab attacked a government complex in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, killing a total of seventeen people on Tuesday morning. Of the people who died were eight civilians and two soldiers, and all of the Al-Shabab fighters died as well. A suicide bomber drove a car that was loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the government complex, which houses the education ministry and other government buildings, and exploded and then the gunmen stormed the building. Al-Shabab claimed that they are responsible for the attack as part of fighting against their country’s government. They oppose the UN-backed administration and want African Union forces to leave Somalia. There has been a bounty placed on the top eleven leaders of Al-Shabab since last week after an attack they carried out early last week.

Just last week the Al-Shabab carried out their deadliest attack on Garissa University in Kenya where they killed over 140 people, which I just covered in my blog last week. Al-Shabab is banned as a terrorist group in the UK and the United States and should be treated and dealt with as such. Since there has been a county placed on the group’s leaders, hopefully they will be captured soon and justice will be served. The group has also struck fear in Kenya of another Al-Shabab attack, which caused a stampede at another university in Kenya a couple days ago after an electrical explosion because the students thought it was the Al-Shabab attacking. I cannot imagine living in such fear where I would run for my life after hearing an explosion. 

Bethany Shaffer 
3:18 p.m.

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