A car bomb kills at least 300 Somalia

At least 300 people were confirmed dead after a double car bombing rocked Mogadishu on Saturday, making it the deadliest attack in Somalia’s modern history.

The revised death toll followed efforts by rescue works to recover bodies from the rubble and the deaths of several people who succumbed to their wounds on Monday, according to Maj. Ahmed Ibrahim of the police force.
More than 30 people injured severely by the blast were airlifted to Turkey on Monday by military air ambulance after the Turkish health minister arrived in the Somali capital.

The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, controls most southern and central areas, while the UN-backed government only runs the capital, Mogadishu and a few small areas.

The group, whose name means The Youth, emerged from the remnants of the Union of Islamic Courts, which had managed to consolidate control of much of Somalia until Ethiopian forces, supported by the US, invaded in 2006.