Attack in Somalia

A Kenyan policeman stands in front of the wreckage of a bus at the site of a bomb blast in Nairobi on May 4, 2014. Bomb attacks against two buses along a busy highway in the Kenyan capital Nairobi left at least 27 people wounded, some with serious injuries, police said. Some Kenyan media reports said that explosive devices, possibly powerful grenades, may have been thrown at the buses from the side of the road, although others said bombs may have been planted inside the buses. The bombings came the day after twin attacks in the restive port city of Mombasa, including a grenade attack on a bus, which killed four people and wounded around 15 others, and a bombing outside a luxury beach hotel. The buses blew up along the Thika Road highway, an area around eight kilometres (five miles) northwest of Nairobi's city centre. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza

The death toll of the doublé suicide attack that took place last Saturday in Mogadishu, Somalia, continues to rise. The most recent news reports of at least 300 deaths and hundreds of injured. The October 14 attack was the most serious one in recent years, with 20 schoolchildren on a school bus.

At the October 18th General Audience in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stated: “I want to express my sorrow for the massacre. This act of terrorism deplorable, also because it rages against a people that is already sorely tried.” He concluded: “I pray for the deceased and for the wounded, for their families and for the whole Somalian people. I implore the conversion of the violent and encourage all those who are working with enormous difficulty for peace in that battered country.”.

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