Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Death Toll in Mogadishu Truck Bombing Tops 90
First responders are shown on December 28 climbing over the wreckage of a vehicle destroyed in a truck bombing at a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Toll in Mogadishu Truck Bombing Tops 90

An international aid group working in Somalia says that more than 90 people have died as a result of Saturday’s massive truck bombing in the capital Mogadishu. The bomb went off at a checkpoint during morning rush hour. No one has claimed responsibility although Mayor Omar Muhamoud blamed the attack on Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for numerous bloody attacks in a country that has been torn apart by rival warlords for most of the past three decades. At least two of the dead in Saturday’s bombing are said to have been Turkish engineers working on a road project. Turkey has been a major backer of Somalia since a 2011 famine. The mayor added that many of the dead were students heading to classes at the city’s universities, while others were police officers manning the checkpoint. Nearby Medina Hospital received over 100 victims suffering from varying degrees of wounds. The bombing is said to be the deadliest attack in the city in more than two years. In 2017, al-Shabaab was blamed for a massive truck bomb that went off next to a fuel tanker, killing upwards of 600 people.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.