Somalia: More than 200 killed in Mogadishu bombing

Somalia: More than 200 killed in Mogadishu bombing

The incident has been called the deadliest bombing in Somalia's history

Monday, October 16, 2017

At least 231 people have been killed in what has been called the deadliest bomb attack in Somalia's history. 

A bomb hidden on a lorry detonated on a busy street near key ministries in the capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday.

More than 275 people were injured in the blast, and doctors have been struggling to help the victims, many of whom have been burned beyond all recognition.

Members of distraught families have been frantically searching for loved ones in the wreckage left in the explosion's wake. 

A hospital director in Medina publicly said the facility was "overwhelmed" by the dead and injured.

The attack has been called the deadliest in Somalia's history, and no extremist group has yet claimed responsibility. 

The Somali government has blamed al-Shabaab, a terror group linked to al-Qaeda, for the incident, which it has labeled a ‘national disaster’.

The group has not yet commented on the allegations.