People gather near burnt vehicles a day after a truck bomb exploded in the centre of Mogadishu on October 15, 2017. A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on October 14, 2017 causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise.
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Another 275 people have also been injured, making it one of the deadliest attacks to ever hit Mogadishu

Paula Rogo
Oct, 15, 2017

About 231 people have died Saturday following a blast in Somalia’s capital that is being called the deadliest in the country’s history.

A truck bomb blew up in the middle of a street in Mogadishu, also leaving 275 people injured, according to the Associated Press. CNN is reporting the attack as a double car bomb.

“With a heavy heart I would say this is the worst attack I have ever witnessed,” Masoud Mohamed, who lost family members in the blast, told the AP. Many residents of the city, which has been accustomed to attacks from the terror group Al-Shabaab, agreed with Mohamed.

There have been no claims of responsibility.

A survey of the blast site showed destroyed buildings, and remnants of a busy city life brought to a halt. Qatar's Embassy was also severely damaged, according to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The perpetrators struck a densely populated neighborhood of Mogadishu. They have killed an unprecedented number of civilians. It is a revolting attack both in terms of its intent and impact,” Michael Keating, special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Somalia, told CNN.