Somalia has endured the deadliest terror attack in the war-torn nation's history, as the number of lives lost continues to climb.
The truck bombing that wreaked devastation on Saturday in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, has resulted in more than 270 deaths with more than 300 others wounded.
It is the deadliest attack in the war-torn nation’s history. A lorry packed with explosives was parked outside a hotel, and tore through the busy street where it is understood a number of important ministries are located.
“This is the deadliest attack ever,” police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP.
“It is very difficult to get a precise number because the dead bodies were taken to different medical centres and some of them [were taken] directly by their relatives for burial.”
Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab hasn’t yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — who is also a US citizen and backed by the UN — has pinned the blame on the group which counts Al-Qaeda as an ally.
Earlier this year, Sheikh Hassan Yaqub (a senior commander in Al-Shabaab) called the President an “apostate” and “evil-minded”, before vowing to continue the group’s fight with the government.
Al-Shabaab launched its insurgency in 2007, and has reportedly carried out more than 1,700 attacks in that time, killing more than 4,000 people.
Its recent attacks include killing 28 people in January with a car bomb, and taking another 31 lives in a pizza restaurant in June.
The President has declared three days of mourning, as citizens come to terms with the heinous act and a death toll that continues to climb.