Hundreds of Somalis marched in the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest a deadly blast that killed 276 people in a busy shopping district in the country’s deadliest single bomb attack.
About 300 others were reported injured in the attack, Information Minister Abdirahman O. Osman said. It occurred when a truck carrying explosives detonated Saturday in a crowded street packed with cars and pedestrians, near government ministries and hotels.
Demonstrators on Sunday included many women in flowing gowns, protesting an attack that the Somali government blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked Shabab, a Somali extremist group that has carried out many similar attacks in the past. No one had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The death toll rose sharply Sunday as bodies were recovered, many of them burned in cars and nearby buildings.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the attack showed Somalia’s enemies cared nothing for human lives.