Somalia stabilizing areas recently liberated from Al-Shabaab
The attack comes amid an ongoing military operation in central Somalia that saw gains against Al-Shabaab as the army captured strategic areas.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Two enormous explosions took place today in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, causing deaths and injuries, in the latest series of terrorist attacks in the seaside city.
The suicide blasts targeted the main headquarters of the ministry of education which lies along K5 [Zoobe], a busy road lined with businesses, hotels, and a number of government offices.
A ball of white smoke could be seen above the capital, and the sound of gunfire followed the successive explosions, making the blast one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu this year.
The attack claimed the lives of dozens of Somali people, including a journalist and a police officer while scores are wounded, including women and children, according to the police.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the bombing in what seemed a revenge over the army offensive in central Somalia and the killing of many of its fighters.
Keydmedia Online's correspondents reported a horrific scene, saying they could see with their eyes many wounded people screaming, crying, and shouting for help, while dozens of dead bodies lay around in a pool of blood.
So far, the death toll from the bombing is yet to be announced by the police but the details are expected to come shortly from authorities.
The ministry's HQ was attacked by Al-Shabaab two past times and the latest raid happened in early 2015 and killed dozens of people. The group often hits the soft targets in the capital.
As many as 600 Al-Shabaab members were killed in the past three months, according to a PM report marking the 100th day of his stay in office this week.