Last Saturday, a truck bombing took place in Mogadishu, Somalia that killed at least 300 people and injured hundreds more.
The truck bombing took place in the centre of Mogadishu and is being blamed on the militant group Al-Shabaab, who have not yet commented. So why has this attack not been widely publicised? And how did this happen?
In June 2016, Mogadishu suffered two attacks on hotels that killed dozens of people, leaving many more wounded. However, due to the severity of the attack on Saturday and the scale of the loss, this has been named one of the worst terrorist attacks seen in the world for years.
Although the death toll is at least 300 people currently, the exact number of victims may never be known because of the heat generated from the bomb itself, which was made from military grade explosives as well as homemade explosives, therefore, the remains of a lot of people will never be recovered.
The militant group, Al-Shabaab, are an Islamist group that have been fighting in Somalia for over a decade. Earlier this year, Al-Shabaab claimed they would carry out even more terrorist attacks because of increased military action from the Trump administration and Somalia’s newly elected president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
In 2016, Al-Shabaab were one of the deadliest terrorist groups in Africa, known to have killed over 4,000 people. The Somalian government has not always been stable enough to uphold a defense force that can override the Islamic militants. Certain people have argued that Somalia’s security sector is underdeveloped which is why Al-Shabaab could enter the country’s largest city.
So why has this attack not been as widely broadcasted as a similar attack would be in the Western world? Attacks like this have been happening more and more over the past decade all around the world and many of them are forgotten about. The loss of lives in Mogadishu is devastating and must not go unnoticed.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of the attack in Somalia.