Written by Lahiru Fernando
15 Oct, 2017 | 10:17 pm
Somalian capital Mogadishu was hit with the most powerful bomb blast the city has witnessed in years.
The death toll currently stands at 231 people with over 275 more injured. (as of 10.00 pm – Oct 15, SL TIME)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has declared three days of national mourning following the truck bomb explosion.
President Farmaajo also called his fellow countrymen to donate blood and funds for the victims of the attack.
“We will observe three days of mourning for innocent victims, flags will be flown at half-mast. Time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win,” President Farmaajo said in a statement.
The powerful explosion which occured on a busy road junction, flattened nearby homes and businesses and turned vehicles into burned wrecks.
Somalian Police say the truck bomb exploded outside a hotel in the K5 intersection that is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks.
Two hours later, another blast struck the capital’s Medina district.
Overstretched emergency services pushed on though the night, attempting to rescue those trapped in building wrecks.
Anyone is yet to claim responsibility for the attack. It is known that the al Qaeda linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab carry out regular attacks on the Somali capital.
The attack came 48 hours after both the defense minister and army chief of the country resigned from their posts without explanation.
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