Saturday 15 December 2018

Death toll in Somalia terror attack rises to 358

Men walk near destroyed buildings as thousands of Somalis gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in Saturday's truck bombing, with scores missing. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Men walk near destroyed buildings as thousands of Somalis gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in Saturday's truck bombing, with scores missing. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The death toll in Somalia's worst ever terror attack has risen to 358.

The country's information minister Abdirahman Osman said 56 people are still missing from Saturday's lorry bombing on a busy street in Mogadishu.

Another 228 people were wounded.

Thousands gathered at the attack site on Friday to pray.

Somalia's government has blamed the bombing on extremist group al Shabab, which has not commented.

Earlier, the US military said it had carried out a drone strike against al Shabab.

The US Africa Command said the strike took place on Monday, about 35 miles south-west of the capital, Mogadishu.

The results are still being assessed.

The US has carried out several drone strikes in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group early this year.

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