Somalia: Children Injured as School Collapses in Mogadishu Suicide Attack

2
636
suicide bomber has attacked a government office in the Somali capital Mogadishu causing a nearby school to collapse — Photo credit: EPA

Somalilandsun- Several children were injured when a school collapsed after a suicide car bombing in Somalia.

The religious school was near a government office in the capital Mogadishu that was the target of yesterday’s attack.

At least six people were killed and at least 14 injured – six of them children who were badly wounded – according to an ambulance service spokesman.

“The blast was very huge – it affected several nearby buildings including a Koranic school and a mosque,” said witness Abdukadir Dahir.

Police said the school was open but most children were away from the building on a break when the attack happened.

The blast killed three soldiers and injured several children

Photo credit: Abdi Adaani / Twitter

The bombing killed soldiers and civilians, said officials. Islamist militant group Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack on the Hawlwadag district office, which also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby.

Somalia is among 80 countries have signed the Safe Schools Declaration – a commitment to keep students, teachers and their schools free from the fear of violence and occupation during armed conflict.

Theirworld and others have been campaigning for schools to be safe places for children to learn and be with their peers. While the majority of the 15 current members of the Security Council have signed the Safe Schools Declaration, only two of the five permanent members have done so.

France and the United Kingdom have shown the way by endorsing the declaration and we are calling on China, Russia and the United States to follow their lead.

source: Their World

Advertisements

2 COMMENTS

  1. this is dread full attack and horrible i express my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. “All my thoughts go out to those parents waiting to hear of the safety of their children. It’s a parents worse nightmare.
    “I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

  2. I expresses my heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.
    i commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of my prayers for the injured, and for all who have died.
    Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, this is horrible attack

Thank you for visiting our site

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.