Somalis injured in Mogadishu bombing being treated in Turkey

Bruno Cirelli
Ottobre 18, 2017

Amina Mohamed also says Kenya is dispatching 11 tons of medicine to help Somali hospitals that have been overwhelmed by the nearly 400 people injured in Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu.

A U.S. military plane carrying medical and other supplies landed in Mogadishu on Tuesday, the State Department said.

The blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district which has many shops, hotels and businesses in the city's northwest.

The driver of the minivan was stopped at a checkpoint and detained.

"Nearly all of the wounded victims have serious wounds", said nurse Samir Abdi.

Mr Mohamed vowed to wipe them out within two years.The US military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against Al Shabab, which is also fighting a 22,000-strong African Union force in the country.

Local government official Muhidin Ali said more than 100 bodies who were impossible to identify had already been buried.

Al-Shabab may have avoided taking responsibility because it did not want to be blamed for the deaths of so many civilians or a splinter group may be responsible.

The group has a history of not claiming attacks whose scale provokes massive public outrage. But this was the deadliest attack in years.

On Monday morning, Turkey's Health Minister Ahmet Demircan arrived in the Somali capital to oversee Turkish assistance accompanied by 33 staff, including a medical team specialising in emergency services, the Turkish Embassy said in a statement.

Fifteen primary school children on a bus were among victims of the Mogadishu lorry bomb blast.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning and joined thousands who responded to hospitals' desperate pleas by donating blood. With a place like Somalia, defined by stereotypes beyond its borders, it has become acceptable to think of the country as holding only war and extremism, and to forget that the lives there are multilayered, possessing similar and universal concerns, interests, and desires.

"This shows how these violent elements are ruthlessly and indiscriminately targeting innocent people".

The arming of Mukhtar Robow comes after failure in a decade-long fight against Al Shabaab by Somali National Army (SNA), regional forces and their AMISOM allies.

But the families of the 302 dead and 70 missing still don't have answers.

International condemnation has poured in, with the United States calling the attack "cowardly" and the United Nations special envoy to Somalia calling it "revolting".

The massacre exposes Somalia's security vulnerabilities. "Unspeakable horrors." The smell of blood was strong.

Somali women react at the scene of Saturday's blast, in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

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