(Vatican Radio) A terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda conducted two coordinated
attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday, leaving 35 people dead.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.
chief Mahamad Dahir described the attacks as “a calamity” and the attackers as people
who “don’t want peace and are used to killing Muslims”.
The first attack,
which included car bombs and suicide bombers, was on the Supreme Court Complex. Nine
gunmen stormed the courthouse, killing Somali troops and taking officials hostage.
The hostages were freed by Somali troops, who killed the gunmen.
A few hours
later, a car bomb was detonated near the airport. Police officer Abdifatah Canjex
told reporters the second attack was targeted at Turkish vehicles. Two Turkish aid
workers died, along with two passersby.
Somali authorities fear the death toll
may rise, as dozens were critically injured in the attacks.
controlled most of Mogadishu. While the group was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011,
it continues to stage attacks on the city. Sunday's attack was its most violent in
the past two years.