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
Deaths48+
PerpetratorsAl-Shabaab
MotiveIslamism

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

Attacks[change | change source]

Aden Adde International Airport shooting[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "At Least 7 Dead in Somalia After Al-Shabab Attacks". VOA. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  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. Reuters (2022-03-24). "Death toll from Somalia attack that killed lawmaker rises to 15 - state TV". Reuters. 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. Reuters (2022-03-24). "Death toll from twin Somalia bombings rises to 48: regional leader". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-03-24.