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Somalia Explosion

Bombing in Somalia's capital has left more than 230 dead and hundreds more injured

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A horrific bomb attack in Somalia's capital on Saturday killed at least 231 people and wounded hundreds of others.

A vehicle packed with explosives detonated outside the entrance of a busy hotel in Mogadishu in what authorities are calling the deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa which includes the countries Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

According to the Associated Press, the United Nations special envoy to Somalia called the bombing “revolting” and said an "unprecedented number of civilians have been killed."

It remains unknown who staged the bombing, but Somalia has been a target for Al-Shabab militants. The Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

Al-Shabab means "The Youth" in Arabic. The militant group has been battling the UN backed government in Somalia. The group is an ally to al-Qaeda and advocates the Saudi version of Islam called Wahhabi while the majority of Somalians are Sufis.

The group has been pushed out of most of the towns once under its control, but they remain a dangerous threat inside Somalia and neighboring Kenya.

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According to the BBC, Al-Shabab has imposed a strict version of Sharia law in areas they still control, "including stoning to death women accused of adultery and amputating the hands of thieves."

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