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The scale of the damage

Officials said that 160 of the dead bodies could not be identified because of the scale of the damage. They were buried by the Government, meaning some families might be left not ever knowing what happened to their loved one. (Getty)

Somalia car bomb attack: More than 500 injured in Mogadishu

Georgie Darling
Georgie Darling

The death toll from Saturday’s car-bomb attack in Somalia has risen to more than 300, officials say.

The bomb, which was made up of hundreds of kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, hit the busy centre of Mogadishu.

Michael Keating, the UN special envoy to Somalia, called the attack ‘revolting’.

The Al-Shabab militant group are thought to be responsible for the attack but are yet to comment.

After the bomb exploded, it struck a nearby fuel tanker.

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This ignited and caused a huge fireball – a move that was unexpected, according to officials, who called it ‘just very, very bad luck.’

As the rescue mission continues, more and more bodies are being recovered.

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.

‘I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate,’ he urged.

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