Two dead as mortar shells hit school in Mogadishu

A school hit by a mortar in Mogadishu (Credit: Live from Mogadishu - @Daudoo / Twitter)

MOGADISHU – At least two students have been killed and four others wounded, some seriously, when mortar rounds landed into a school in Mogadishu.

The intended target of the rockets may have been Somalia’s Presidential Palace, but two of four mortar rounds fired landed into Hassan Al-Khalidi School, killing at least two students, according to the school administrator Abdullahi Barre.

Barre told The Messenger Africa that another mortar shell hit a civilian house neighboring the school, leaving at least one more person dead.

“It is a horrific day. I have never seen what happened in the school. I saw some students crying and others bleeding on the ground,” he said.

The victims were immediately rushed to hospital for medical treatment.

It remains unclear where these rockets were fired from and who carried out it. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s mortar shells.

The incident comes two days after other mortar and bomb attacks claimed by Al-Shabaab militants in and around the capital city of Mogadishu, which killed another two children. Two militants also died in the attacks when security forces struck back.

By Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare