What just happened in Mogadishu, Somalia?

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A bomb went off in a crowded area in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 14 October, 2017. Another bomb went off in a different district 2 hours later. The two together have killed more than 200 people at last count and have injured at least as many.

Where is Mogadishu? Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia, a country in Africa. It is on the Eastern side of Africa, on a part of the African continent that is called the ‘Horn of Africa’ due to its shape. There has been a lot of unrest in Somalia over the years.

Who leads Somalia? The last few decades have seen different groups fighting for control of Somalia. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, was elected to be President of Somalia in February 2017. He is supported by International groups and seems to be liked within Somalia.

Why was the area bombed? While there is a leader in the country, there are opposing groups as well as terror groups fighting for control of the region. It is unknown who was responsible for the bombing.


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