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At least 300 people killed and hundreds seriously injured in attack blamed on militant group al-Shabaab

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The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.

The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.

On Monday morning, Somalias information minister announced that 276 people had died in the attack with at least 300 people injured. Within hours, however, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin ambulances, said his service had confirmed that 300 people died in the blast.

The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing, Abdirahman told Reuters.

More victims continue to be dug from the rubble spread over an area hundreds of metres wide in the centre of the city.

Rescue workers said a definitive death toll may never be established because the intense heat generated by the blast meant the remains of many people would not be found.

Others may have been buried quickly by relatives.

The devastating bombing, which provoked international condemnation, will focus attention on the decade-long battle against al-Shabaab, an Islamist group, in Somalia.

Michael Keating, the UN special envoy to Somalia, called the attack revolting.

The US mission to Somalia said: Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.

Al-Shabab earlier this year vowed to increase its attacks after both the Trump administration and Somalias recently elected president announced new military efforts against the group.

Officials said more than 110 victims of the bombing had already been buried. One hundred and sixty of the bodies could not be recognised and so they were buried by the government [on Sunday], Aden Nur, a doctor at the citys Madina hospital, said. The others were buried by their relatives. Over a hundred injured were also brought here.

Casualties included senior civil servants, five paramedic volunteers and a journalist, but most were ordinary people on one of the busiest thoroughfares of Mogadishu, which has been hit by multiple bombings in recent years.

The bomb, which is thought to have targeted Somalias foreign ministry, was concealed in a truck and exploded near a hotel, demolishing the building and several others.

Sources close to the Somali government said the truck had been stopped at a checkpoint and was about to be searched when the driver suddenly accelerated. It crashed through a barrier, then exploded. This ignited a fuel tanker parked nearby, creating a massive fireball.

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I just can't imagine how people could bring themselves to do such a thing ._.

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the final death toll is now 512.

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The world is slowly starting to fall apart
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Blizzard wroteThe world is slowly starting to fall apart

Unfortunately yes, Russia or Korea will probably start a war next
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Blizzard wroteThe world is slowly starting to fall apart

It really is. Just chilling in my lawn chair with a beer waiting for a WW3.
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Blizzard wroteThe world is slowly starting to fall apart

Unfortunately yes, Russia or Korea will probably start a war next
Doubt it, I am expecting a civil war in Germany, France or Sweden first. Sweden would be more first choice, daily attacks on police via grenades, shootings or stabbings. Armed police needing to escort runners on late night jogging sessions, over 200% HIV increase with over 80% of the cases been migrants, rapes at an all time high, no go zones that require SWAT to enter. Just today a loaded RPG was found and people wonder why there is a rise of right wing politics.


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Very sad and again, first time seeing this was your post.
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hate whenever things like this happen , especially if it is close to my home
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