Nearly 200 Killed In Massive Mogadishu Blasts

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Hundreds of civilians were killed and wounded by twin blasts Sunday in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu.

Somalian authorities blamed the attack on al-Qaida affiliate Al-Shabab and expect the death toll to rise. Al-Shabab has waged a robust insurgency in the country for years and is a frequent target of U.S. airstrikes.

The blasts reportedly occurred in the busy city center during a traffic jam, incinerating many in their cars. The Qatari embassy in Mogadishu was badly damaged by the attack, but it is unclear if it was the main target.

“Our country has never seen anything even close to this. In one of the burned minibuses were young students coming from school, their charred remains tangled in what was left of the vehicle they were traveling in,” Mogadishu ambulance director Abdulkadir Abdirahman told Al Jazeera.

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