The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombings in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to 300, with over 300 more people injured, an official said on Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it has ever experienced.
It is understood that funerals have begun for the killed who have been found. But the death toll from the attacks is expected to rise, as rescue workers continue attempts to pull victims from the rubble.
More people have died of their wounds in the past few hours, said Dr. Abdulkadir Adam of Aamin Ambulance.
Saturday’s truck bombing targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu, and about 300 others were injured.
While the government has blamed the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab group for the attacks, the extremist group has not yet commented.
More than 70 critically injured people were being airlifted to Turkey for treatment on Monday as international aid began to arrive, said officials. Nervous relatives stood on the tarmac at the airport, praying for the recovery of their loved ones.
Overwhelmed hospitals in Mogadishu were struggling to assist other badly wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo announced three days of mourning for the victims and said flags will be flown at half mast.
The Minister of Information, Abdirahman O. Osman also called the attack barbaric and said that officials from Turkey and Djibouti have arrived in Mogadishu to provide support for the victims and that more than 30 injured people were flown to Turkey for treatment.