The truck bombing is the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history.
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The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia's capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 wounded, officials said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in the Horn of Africa nation. The toll could continue to rise.The country's Somali-American leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood. Senator Abshir Abdi Ahmed cited doctors at overwhelmed hospitals he visited in Mogadishu a day after a truck bomb targeted a crowded street near key government ministries. Doctors at Mogadishu hospitals struggled to assist badly wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition.The blast occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command met with Somalia's president in Mogadishu, and two days after the country's defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons.
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