The world community has condemned in strongest of terms, the worst terror attack that took place in Somalia.
It need be mentioned that a suicide bombing on Saturday occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of the capital Mogadishu which has many shops, hotels and businesses.
The blast is said to have been caused by truck a packed with substantial ‘military grade explosives’ and hundreds perished on the spot with death toll counting even on Monday.
The United States condemned the bombing “in the strongest terms” in a statement released by the State Department.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s information minister announced that 276 people have died in the attack with at least 300 people injured.
However, within hours, Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin ambulances, said his service had confirmed that 300 people died in the blast.
More victims continue to be dug from the rubble spread over an area hundreds of metres wide in the center 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.>