Somalia declares three days of mourning after blast

The death toll from Saturday's truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has surged to at least 231 people, according to police and medical sources. 

At least 275 people were also wounded in the powerful explosion at a busy road junction, which flattened nearby homes and businesses andturned vehicles into burned wrecks.
Senior police officer Ali Hassan Kulmiye on Sunday confirmed the death toll to dpa news agency, with Madina Hospital Director Mohamed Yusuf counting 221 people killed and officials at Erdogan Hospital saying that there were another 10 victims from the blast.
Senator Abshir Abdi Ahmed also gave a death toll of 231, citing doctors at hospitals he had visited in Mogadishu on Sunday, according to The Associated Press news agency. Many of the bodies in hospital mortuaries had not yet been identified, he added.
Earlier in the day, Abdulkadir Abdirahman, director of the city's ambulance service, told Al Jazeera that at least 85 people were killed in the attack, warning that the death toll was expected to rise.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo on Sunday declared three days of national mourning following 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," Mohamed said in a statement posted on the presidency's official Twitter account early on Sunday.
Source: Aljazeera
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