UN: Somalia suicide blast death toll more than 100

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.N. says the death toll has gone over 100 after a suicide bombing that targeted a government compound in Somalia's war-ravaged capital.

The U.N.'s office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs said in a report released Thursday that the blast is a stark reminder of the prevailing insecurity in Somalia amid a debilitating famine.

A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by al-Shabab in Somalia since their insurgency began.

The group promised more attacks, saying they will be "back-to-back" and will "increase day by day." Most of the group's fighters left the capital in August after an offensive by African Union forces.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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