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Death toll from blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu tops 200

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:18

More than 200 people have been killed by twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, marking the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. Samantha Vadas reports.

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Anger on the streets of Mogadishu as the death toll from Saturday's (October 14) twin bomb blasts in Somalia's capital climbs above 200. Clad in red head bands, more than two thousand people gathered in the city on Sunday (October 15) protesting what have become the deadliest attacks in the country since an Islamic insurgency began 10 years ago. At least 100 others were wounded in the simultaneous explosions that struck busy intersections in the heart of the city. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) MOGADISHU RESIDENT, RAHMA ABDI ALI, SAYING: "It was a massacre. I've never seen anything like it in the last 27 years. I saw a little boy's head laying on the ground. It was shocking." Three days of national mourning has been declared and there are calls for blood donations and funds for victims. As families took to the streets on Sunday in search of missing loved ones emergency workers continued to comb through the rubble pulling dozens of bodies from the debris, many charred beyond recognition. There's still been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but the islamist militant group al-Shabaab allied to al Qaeda carries out regular attacks in the country.

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Death toll from blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu tops 200

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:18