Somalia: Thousands protest al-Shabaab after 300 killed in truck bombing

Thousands of Somalis took to the streets of Mogadishu on Wednesday to protest against the perpetrators of the truck bombing that killed more than 300 people on Saturday. Huge crowds of young women and men marched wearing red headbands, holding signs denouncing terrorism and al-Shabaab, chanting «we do not want al-Shabaab, we do not want bloodshed.” Many roads and businesses were closed amid... Еще tightened security. Demonstrators gathered at Banadir stadium, where top government officials such as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Mogadishu mayor Thabit Abdi encouraged Somalis to stand up against al-Shabaab and extremism. Al-Shabaab militants were ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 and have been losing territory ever since, but their capacity to launch large bomb attacks has continued. Saturday’s attack was the deadliest since the al-Shabaab insurgency began in 2007.

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