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Blasts in Somali capital kills 30

On December 22nd 2018, two bombings near the presidential palace in Mogadishu left 30 dead and another 54 wounded. The first bomb targeted a security check point and the second blast occurred nearby.

A Somali journalist was among those killed in the first explosion.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The previous month also saw a similar large attack when a series of car bombs, including suicide car bombings, in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, left 58 killed and over 100 injured, on November 9th 2018.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) monitors civilian casualties from explosive violence reported in English-language media sources worldwide.

Somalia saw 451 civilian casualties from explosive violence in the first nine months of 2018. Of these, 405 were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – 265 from suicide bombings alone.

Despite a 31% decrease in civilian casualties from explosive violence in Somalia during the first nine months of 2018, compared to the same period the previous year, it is clear the al Shabaab retains the ability to carry out devastating attacks in the country.

AOAV calls for states and international organisations to work collaboratively to generate greater awareness of the number of civilians killed and injured each year by IEDs, and encourage a greater stigma from political, religious and social leaders on the use of IEDs. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.