A terrorist bombing struck Somalia, killing 39 in a country that was identified in President Trump’s temporarily defunct travel ban, according to reports. The suicide bomber used a car bomb and targeted a busy market just days after the country elected a new president.
The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened.
“We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured,” Dr. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance Service, told Reuters.
Madina Hospital took in 47 injured people, Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the manager, said.
The Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab had not claimed responsibility for the attack but they had called the new president “evil-minded” and an “apostate,” while vowing to continue fighting the government.
Trump’s travel ban was undone by a court affirming a restraining order that sent immigration protocols back to their default before his inauguration. Trump has heavily criticized that finding and vowed to fight the case in court, but has also indicated that he may simply rewrite the order to make it more legally defensible.
The ban was criticized by even some of Trump’s supporters for being rolled out abruptly and with poor guidance from the administration. This resulted in many people being stranded at airports across the country as the details were sorted out, and that in turn caused protests and outrage among his critics.
A poll recently found that more Americans support the travel ban than oppose it, although the level is just below a majority.