Death Toll Rises to Over 300 in Somalia Suicide Bombing

Published October 16th, 2017 - 08:31 GMT
The truck attack at the capital's busiest intersection destroyed buildings, restaurants, and hotels (AFP)
The truck attack at the capital's busiest intersection destroyed buildings, restaurants, and hotels (AFP)

The toll from Saturday's suicide truck bombing in capital Mogadishu has climbed to over 300, according to Reuters.

Following his visits to Medina Hospital and Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital -- a jointly run Turkish-Somali facility, parliamentarian Mahad Salad said 130 of the dead were unrecognizable.

''This is a national disaster," Salad said.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo announced three days of mourning Saturday.

 

 

On Sunday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the injured from the blast in Somalia would be brought to Turkey for medical treatment. Ankara later sent air ambulances with medical supplies to take the critically injured to Turkey.

The truck attack at the capital's busiest intersection destroyed buildings, restaurants, and hotels.

Farmaajo and Somali prime minister had urged the public to donate blood at hospitals.

“It was the deadliest explosion in Somali history,” Abdisalam Yusuf Guled, former deputy director of Somalia's Intelligence and Security Agency, said.

African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the attack.

Mahamat expressed the union’s “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured. He also conveyed the bloc’s solidarity with the government and people of Somalia, at this particularly challenging situation.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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