Over 300 people have been confirmed dead with more than 30 injured after a double car bombing exploded in Mogadishu on Saturday. The explosion is the deadliest attack in Somalia's modern history.
Although the number of confirmed victims may currently be at 300, the death toll is expected to rise, and many are still missing. On Sunday (October 15th) Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo declared three days of mourning in a statement released via Twitter.
The United States appears to stand firmly behind the war-torn country. Yesterday (October 16th), White House Press Secretary released the following statement on the fatal bombing:
"The United States strongly condemns the senseless mass murder that targeted innocent men, women, and children in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 14. The two attacks targeted a public, commercial area of the capital and resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of civilians, including United States citizens.
The United States extends our deepest condolences and sympathy to the victims, their families, and all those who have suffered from terrorism.
Terrorist organizations are the enemies of all civilized people. The United States stands with the people and government of Somalia in their commitment to defeating these groups, ensuring the security of their people, and rebuilding their country."
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.