In a horrifying act of violence, at least 20 people, predominantly civilians, lost their lives in a suicide car bomb attack that rocked Beledweyne town in Somalia. The explosion, which occurred near a bustling market and two petrol stations, inflicted massive destruction on the area.
Beledweyne District Commissioner Omar Alasow revealed that security forces and medical teams swiftly responded to the scene to provide support to the victims of this devastating suicide bomb attack. Alasow stated, “We are still gathering details related to the terrorist attack. The casualties are significant, and we are transporting the victims to local hospitals. If they cannot treat the serious casualties, we will try to airlift them to Mogadishu for further treatment.”
Eyewitness accounts painted a grim picture of the aftermath. Abdi Hussein, an elder who was present at the scene, described the blast as resembling an earthquake. He expressed the shock and distress caused by the terrorist attack, emphasizing that houses and business centers were obliterated, with residents inside those structures still unaccounted for.
As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for this heinous attack. However, it’s important to note that the extremist group al-Shabab has a history of orchestrating similar acts of violence in Mogadishu and various other regions across Somalia.
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing security challenges faced by the nation and the urgent need for concerted efforts to protect innocent lives and restore stability to the region.