Security personnel and ambulances are stationed near destroyed and damaged buildings after an car bombing targeted the education ministry in Mogadishu on Oct 29, 2022. (HASSAN ALI ELMI / AFP)
MOGADISHU – Somalia, the African Union and the United Nations have condemned the twin car bomb explosions that targeted Somalia's education ministry building here on Saturday, killing at least nine people, including women and children.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabab frequently targets government and civilian buildings in Somalia's public places, as well as military bases, local media reported.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabab frequently targets government and civilian buildings in Somalia's public places, as well as military bases, local media reported
Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre blamed Al-Shabab by name, stressing their attacks won't stop the government's commitment to eradicating terrorism in any form.
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An unspecified number of people, including journalists and police officers are among the casualties, said Sadiq Dudishe, spokesperson of the Somali Police Force.
The official number of casualties is yet to be released.
The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia in a statement called for sustained military operations against the insurgents, so as to suppress the surging terror attacks in the country.
Extending its condolences to the families of the victims, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia tweeted it "wishes a speedy recovery for those injured, and stands resolutely with all Somalis against terrorism."
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The blasts came as Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and leaders of the federal member states, including security officials, were meeting to discuss ongoing offensive operations against al-Shabab.