At least 276 killed in Somalia’s deadliest attack on record

The particular death toll has risen in order to 276, with more than 300 people injured, after a truck bombing in Somalia that the U. S. government ruined Sunday as a “cowardly” attack.

“Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the dedication of the United States to assist our Somali plus African Union partners to overcome the scourge of terrorism, inch the U. S. mission in order to Somalia said in a statement.

The Oughout. S. military this year has walked up drone strikes and other attempts this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, that is based in Somalia and often targets Mogadishu, the capital.

None of the roughly 400 Oughout. S. troops in Somalia had been hurt in the attack, a speaker for the U. S. Africa Control told Fox News.  

The Worldwide Committee of the Red Cross stated four volunteers with the Somali Red-colored Crescent Society were among the deceased.

The statement Sunday said “this determine may rise as there are a number associated with volunteers still missing. ”

Hospitals within Mogadishu struggled Sunday to cope with benefit number of deaths and injuries, protection and medical sources said.

Ambulance sirens echoed across the city a day following the blast as bewildered families came in the rubble of buildings, searching for missing relatives.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning plus joined thousands of people who responded to the desperate plea by hospitals in order to donate blood for the wounded sufferers. “I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and contribute, ” he said.

Many victims passed away at hospitals from their wounds, mentioned Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

Abshir Ego Ahmed, a senator, announced the quantity injured, citing doctors at private hospitals he has visited in Mogadishu.

Somalia’s authorities has blamed the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist group for the assault it called a “national tragedy. ” However , al-Shabab, which often focuses on high-profile areas of the capital with bombings, had yet to comment.

“They can not care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and kids, ” Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said. “They have focused the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians. ”

Somalia’s details minister, Abdirahman Omar, said the particular blast was the largest the city acquired ever seen. “It’s a depressing day. This how merciless plus brutal they are, and we have to combine against them, ” he mentioned, speaking to the state-run radio train station.

Right away, rescue workers with torch lamps searched for any survivors trapped underneath the rubble of the Safari Hotel, that was largely destroyed. The hotel is definitely close to Somalia’s foreign ministry. The particular blast blew off metal entrance and blast walls erected away from hotel.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed for this story.