Over 200 People have confirmed dead in what is easily the deadliest terror attack in Somali history police and hospital sources said Sunday.
Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition.
Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday’s truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.
Sources for the death toll spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
Ambulance sirens still echoed across the city as bewildered families wandered in the rubble of buildings, looking for missing relatives.
“In our 10 year experience as the first responder in Mogadishu, we haven’t seen anything like this,” the Aamin Ambulance service tweeted.
“There’s nothing I can say. We have lost everything,” wept Zainab Sharif, a mother of four who lost her husband.
She sat outside a hospital where he was pronounced dead after hours of efforts by doctors to save him from an arterial injury.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed had declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims.
“I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate,” he said.
“The hospital is overwhelmed by both dead and wounded.
We also received people whose limbs were cut away by the bomb.
This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past,” said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina hospital.
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Overnight, rescue workers with flashlights searched for survivors trapped under the rubble of the largely destroyed Safari Hotel, which is close to Somalia’s foreign ministry.
The explosion blew off metal gates and blast walls erected outside the hotel.
Somalia’s government has blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group for the attack it called a “national disaster.”
However, al-Shabab, which often targets high-profile areas of the capital with bombings, had yet to comment.