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Somalia blast death toll increases

A body is removed from the rubble, as the death toll continues to rise.  - AP

A body is removed from the rubble, as the death toll continues to rise. - AP

16/10/2017 11:29

(Vatican radio)The death toll after the explosion in Somalia on Saturday 14th October has now risen to over 270 people.

Police in the capital city of Mogadishu confirmed the number of fatalities , as well as stating that 300 more people have been wounded. The Police also report that no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a lorry loaded full of explosives was detonated near a hotel. Local residents are still searching amongst the ruins for their loved ones.

A further two people were killed in a second blast in a different part of the city.

 Meanwhile, the Turkish government has announced that it is sending planes carrying medical supplies to the region. The planes would then be used to transport the wounded back to Turkey for treatment. A number of countries, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, have sent messages of support and condolence to the Somali government, which has declared three days of mourning for those who were killed. 

16/10/2017 11:29