Somalian government pins blast on Al-Shabaab - Simon Allison

The number killed in twin bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu over the weekend has risen to more than 300.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has declared three days of national mourning and called for donations of blood and funds to victims of Saturday’s attack.

Africa Editor at the Mail & Guardian, Simon Allison says the attackers have succeeded in creating as much confusion and chaos as possible.

I think in the midst of the tragedy and the horrific stories emerging from this it is important to note the bravery of the people who responded to this crisis and in particular, a group called 'Amin ambulance service'.

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at the Mail & Guardian

They've been going for ten years Mogadishu and were set up to provide free ambulance services in the city particularly in response to terrorist attacks like this one.

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at the Mail & Guardian

Allison says Amin Ambulance Services have been working tirelessly since the bomb blasts, going into dangerous areas and risking their lives with the threats of extra attacks.

I spoke to the founder of the organisation who said even though there are people in Somalia who want to take lives he wanted to show the world there are more people who want to save lives.

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at the Mail & Guardian

Allison further explains that the death is expected to rise because the intensity of the blast was increased by the fact that a fuel tank was nearby, meaning a lot of the bodies have been hard to identify while some were completely obliterated from the blast.

Al-Shabaab have avoided claiming responsibility although government officials in Somalia have already pinned the blame on the militant group saying they have caught someone who was involved in organising the blast and that person has said Al-Shabaab were responsible says Allison.

From Al-Shabaab's perspective, the thinking goes that they weren't anticipating civilian casualties on this scale and that is why they are reluctant to claim credit.

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at the Mail & Guardian

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