Somalia Just Suffered Their Worst Terror Attack in History

The Background 

An extremist group took aim at the African country of Somalia over the weekend, detonating a truck bomb that killed at least 277 and injured another 300. The attack took place in the capital city of Mogadishu, on a busy street near key government ministries. While the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group hadn’t claimed responsibility, the Somali government was quick to place blame, with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire saying, “They don’t care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and children. They have targeted the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians.” CTV News

What Else You Need to Know

The bombing is considered to be the “single deadliest attack” in the country’s history and has thrown the city of Mogadishu (and Somalia) into complete chaos. Doctors at area hospitals are completely overwhelmed by the severity of the injuries and officials are begging Somali citizens to donate blood to help the victims. The United Nations. and African Union are doing all the can to help, including sending in “logistical support, medical supplies and expertise.”

What’s Next?

Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of mourning to honour the victims of the deadly attack.