Somalia: Death toll from Mogadishu truck bomb rises to 358
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The death toll from a truck bomb at the busy K5 Junction in Mogadishu on Oct 14 rose to 358 on Friday, making it the worst atrocity in the country's history, Garowe Online reports.
Speaking to the reporters at the site, Somalia's Minister Abdirahman Yarisow confirmed that that 358 people were killed in the deadly explosion, 228 injured, while 56 are still missing and presumed dead.
The Minister has added that 122 people who sustained serious injuries in the attack have been flown to Turkey, Sudan, and the neighboring Kenya for full medical treatment.
So far, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the massive explosion on a busy street in Mogadishu, which became one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.
The Federal government of Somalia announced that it will impose a state of emergency into the country and launch a decisive military offensive to wipe out Al Shabaab from the while horn of Africa nation.
GO has learned that an estimated 82 wounded people who were airlifted last Tuesday by Qatar were dumped in low-quality hospitals, with no better healthcare in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
Sources said one of the victims "succumbed" to his injuries shortly after his arrival in Sudan by Qatari plane evacuated from Mogadishu, while the remaining are despair and facing lack of medical treatment.