February 2018 Mogadishu attack

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On 23 February 2018, at least 45 people were killed and 36 others injured in two car bombings and a subsequent shooting in Mogadishu.[1][2] Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.[3]

February 2018 Mogadishu attack
Part of War in Somalia (2009–present)
Mogadishu is located in Somalia
Mogadishu (Somalia)
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Date23 February 2018
Attack type
Suicide car bombings, shooting
Deaths45 (+5 attackers)
Non-fatal injuries

Mass murder in 2018


On 23 February 2018, two suicide car bombs exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.[4] The first car bomb went off after militants breached a checkpoint near the president's residence by shooting at security personnel. The other detonated in front of a hotel away from the palace.[5] 45 bystanders were killed and 36 others injured.[6] Five attackers were also reported dead.[7]


The Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via its Andalus radio arm.[3]


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  4. ^ Hassan, Mohamed Olad. "Mogadishu Blasts Death Toll Rises to 38". VOA. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
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