It is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.

Police said a truck bomb exploded outside the Safari Hotel at the K5 intersection, which is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks, flattening buildings and setting vehicles on fire. A separate blast struck the Medina district two hours later.

More than 200 were injured in the explosion outside of the hotel and hospitals are struggling to cope with the high number of casualties.

Officials feared the death toll would continue to climb.


The Red Cross said four volunteers with the Somali Red Crescent Society are among the dead and warned "this figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing."

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