This just in from ABC News: A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad.
A truck bomb has killed at least 70 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a crowd of young students applying for scholarships to study abroad.
Al Qaeda's Somali affiliate al Shabaab quickly claimed credit for the Tuesday morning suicide bombing. The driver of the truck, which was packed with scrap metal, targeted a Somali government building that houses the education ministry, smashing into a security checkpoint.
The students were applying for scholarships offered by the Turkish government, which has been giving money to Islamic charities in Somalia and offering Somali youths who pass exams the opportunity to study in Turkey. A high-ranking official from the Health Ministry was also wounded, according to a government official, as was the secretary general of Somalia's soccer federation.
Pray for peace and mercy for the suffering people of Somalia, already stricken with the worst famine in 60 years.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.