Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Wednesday, vowed to step up the war against Al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city’s devastating bombing.
- Protesters wearing red bands around their heads marched through the scene of the truck bombing, a once bustling district, before gathering at a stadium where they chanted: “We are ready to fight”.
- There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but Al-Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, carries out regular suicide bombings in Mogadishu in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government.
- The president said the attack “shows that we have not done enough to stop Shabaab.”
- “If we don’t respond to this now, the time will surely come when pieces of flesh from all of us are being picked up off the ground. We need to stand up together and fight Al-Shabaab who continue massacring our people,” he said.