Mogadishu, Oct 15: At least 65 people died in truck bomb blast outside a hotel and market in the centre of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, security officials told EFE on Sunday.
The bombing attack, which occurred on Saturday, was the most deadly attack to have hit the Horn of Africa country in three decades, claiming an undetermined number of casualties which could lead to an increase in the death toll in the coming hours.
According to local media, most of the deceased were civilians.
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed on Twitter the deaths of five Somali Red Crescent volunteers in the attack.
“This figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing,” the ICRC asserted in a statement.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared three days of mourning and asked people to help victims by giving blood.
“I lost my three brothers in the attack, we were at our pharmacy when it happened,” Mohamed Abshir, who survived the attack, told EFE.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but as per the local media, Somali terror group al-Shabaab is likely behind it.