No Pinoys hurt in Somalia car blast: DFA


Posted at Dec 29 2019 02:08 PM

No Pinoys hurt in Somalia car blast: DFA 1
A general view shows the scene of a car bomb explosion at a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia December 28, 2019. Feisal Omar, Reuters

MANILA - No Filipino was hurt after a massive car bomb killed dozens in Mogadishu, Somalia on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.


In a statement Sunday, the DFA cited information from the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, which has jurisdiction over Somalia.

The agency condemned the incident in the Somalian capital, which is regularly hit by car bombings and attacks waged by Al-Shabaab Islamist militants allied to Al-Qaeda.

"The Philippines has long been (at) the forefront of the fight against terrorism and extreme violence and supports international efforts to eradicate them," it said.

Since 2015, there have been 13 attacks in Somalia with 20 or more killed, 11 of which have been in Mogadishu, according to a tally of AFP figures.

All of them involved car bombs.

The deadliest attack in the country's history was a truck bombing in October 2017 in Mogadishu which left 512 people dead and around 295 injured. -- With Agence France-Presse