A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say.
Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.
It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.
President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed blamed the attack on them, calling it a “heinous act”.
No group has yet said it was behind the bombing.
“Brothers, this cruel act was targeted at civilians who were going about their business,” the president said.
He has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.
Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.
• 231 people killed
• 275 people injured
A man trying to hold to his sanity amidst the carnage in Mogadishu. pic.twitter.com/qJUDrooUfL
— Ahmed Mohamed (@Asmali77) October 15, 2017
Courtesy of BBC.