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Somalia: At Least 230 Dead In Mogadishu Blast

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A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say.

Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed blamed the attack on them, calling it a "heinous act".

No group has yet said it was behind the bombing.

"Brothers, this cruel act was targeted at civilians who were going about their business," the president said.

He has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll was likely to rise. "There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously," he said.

Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.

Mogadishu's Mayor Thabit Abdi called for unity while addressing a crowd of people who had gathered to protest.

"Oh, people of Mogadishu, Mogadishu shouldn't be a graveyard for burnt dead bodies," he said.

"Mogadishu is a place of respect, and if we remain united like we are today, moving ahead, we will surely defeat the enemy, Allah willing."

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll was likely to rise. "There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously," he said.

Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.

Mogadishu's Mayor Thabit Abdi called for unity while addressing a crowd of people who had gathered to protest.

"Oh, people of Mogadishu, Mogadishu shouldn't be a graveyard for burnt dead bodies," he said.

"Mogadishu is a place of respect, and if we remain united like we are today, moving ahead, we will surely defeat the enemy, Allah willing."

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