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March 2022 Somalia attacks

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March 2022 Somalia attacks
Part of the Somali Civil War
LocationBeledweyne and Aden Adde International Airport, Somalia
Date23 March 2022 (2022-03-23) (EAT (UTC+03:00))
TargetAmina Mohamed Abdi, Government of Somalia
Attack type
Assassination, car bombing, mass murder, suicide bombing
WeaponsCar bomb, explosive belt, automatic firearm

On 23 March 2022 in Somalia, four coordinated attacks by al-Shabaab jihadists in Mogadishu and Beledweyne killed at least 48 people.

Aden Adde International Airport shooting

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On 23 March, gunmen attacked Aden Adde International Airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing five people. Two attackers also were killed.[1][2]

Beledweyne bombings

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The next attack happened a few hours later[3] as Somali female Member of Parliament Amina Mohamed Abdi left a polling place in Beledweyne.[4] A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest,[5] killing several people.[6][7] Abdi died instantly.[4][8]

A car bomb was set off near a hospital, killing at least 30 people.[8] The blast's impact was powerful, with the explosions destroying not only the hospital, but also nearby buildings and cars.[9][10]

At least 48 people were killed by the bombings and 108 others injured.[11]

Beledweyne restaurant attack

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Al-Shabaab militants attacked a restaurant in Beledweyne, killing the retired politician Hassan Dhuhul and many others.[4]


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  2. Sheikh, Abdi; Hassan, Abdiqani (2022-03-23). "At least five killed in attack on Somali military base - diplomatic memo". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  3. AfricaNews (2022-03-24). "Attentats en Somalie : la députée Amina Mohamed Abdi parmi les victimes". Africanews (in French). Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Prominent Somali female lawmaker among 15 killed in bombing". AP NEWS. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  5. "Fatality Totals Rise in Somalia Attacks". VOA. Retrieved 2022-03-25.
  6. "Somalie: plus de 30 morts, dont une opposante, dans une double attaque dans le centre du pays". RFI (in French). 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  7. "Death toll from Somalia attack that killed lawmaker rises to 15 - state TV". Reuters. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "More than 30 killed in twin attacks in Somalia". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  9. "More Than 30 Killed in Twin Attacks in Central Somalia". The Defense Post. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  10. "Death toll in central Somalia attacks now more than 30". BBC News. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  11. "Death toll from twin Somalia bombings rises to 48: regional leader". Reuters. 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-03-24.