At least 230 dead in Somalia attacks

MOGADISHU – A massive bomb attack hit one of the busiest cities in Somalia Capital, Mogadishu on Saturday, is reported to have killed about 230 people.

Hundreds were wounded when a truck filled with explosives parked near the entrance of a hotel. The attack was reported to be the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group lanched its insurgency in 2007.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” blamed the attack on them, describing it as a ‘heinous act’.

Nothing has been reported on which group performed this terror attack. “Brothers, this cruel act was targeted at civilians who were going abput their business,” the president added. He has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for their missing loved ones amid ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to hit the city.

Police also reported that there are about 300 seriously wounded people who have been rushed to hospitals.

The mayor of Mogadishu, Thabit Abidi, called for unity while addressing a crowd of people who gathered to protest. “Oh people of Mogadishu, Mogadishu should be a graveyard for burnt dead bodies,” he said.

The international community has been quick to condemn the attack and the investigations will commence after the three days of mourning.

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