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Somalia: At least 237 dead in Mogadishu blasts

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At least 137 people have been killed in a massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu today. Police say, hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told a news agency that the death toll is likely to rise. He said, there are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously.

It is one of the deadliest attacks in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. As per information received, it is not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a target for al-Shabab militants battling the government. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

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