Somalia: Over 100 Killed In Mogadishu Car Bombings

Photo: AP [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • At least 100 people were killed and more than 300 injured in two car bomb attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, according to Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

  • The al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist group al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the twin bombings. The first blast targeted the Somali Ministry of Education, while the second explosion occurred minutes later as first responders arrived at the scene next to a busy junction.

The Spin

Narrative A

The recent terrorist attacks underscore that the new Somali government may fail in defeating al-Shabaab despite their efforts and US military support. A successful fight against al-Shabaab requires a holistic approach. So far, however, the government has failed to implement a comprehensive strategy that includes not only military measures but also the creation of economic prospects, the fight against corruption, and the creation of a viable legal system.

Narrative B

Despite the recent bombings, al-Shabaab's days are numbered, as the Somali people are more united than ever in their aim to defeat terrorists. The government is well aware that this fight requires an integrated strategy that includes not only military action but also focuses on targeting terrorists' financing as well as humanitarian aid and economic needs. Victory on the ground will make sustainable development possible.

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