Photos: Mogadishu bombing kills 276, deemed Somalia’s deadliest attack

World leaders from the US, Britain and France have strongly condemned the weekend twin-truck suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia --the worst terror attack in the country to date with at least 276 deaths and 300 injured. While responsibility has not been claimed so far, immediate suspicion has fallen on Al-Shabaab.

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Civilians evacuate the scene of an explosion at KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia. A double truck bombing shattered the night in Mogadishu on Saturday. The dead toll rose to 276 and counting over the weekend with more than 300 injured. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)

Civilians evacuate the scene of an explosion at KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia. A double truck bombing shattered the night in Mogadishu on Saturday. The dead toll rose to 276 and counting over the weekend with more than 300 injured. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)

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A Somali man reacts next to a dead body on the site of the twin explosion. The blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district in the capital Mogadishu which houses many shops, hotels and businesses. Hundreds of people had been in the area at that time, resulting in the worst terror attack in the country till date. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

A Somali man reacts next to a dead body on the site of the twin explosion. The blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district in the capital Mogadishu which houses many shops, hotels and businesses. Hundreds of people had been in the area at that time, resulting in the worst terror attack in the country till date. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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A Somali soldier patrols the scene of the explosion in the centre of Mogadishu. While there has been no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on Al-Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, which has carried out dozens of similar bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed government. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

A Somali soldier patrols the scene of the explosion in the centre of Mogadishu. While there has been no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on Al-Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, which has carried out dozens of similar bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed government. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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It was only after emergency workers began pulling body after body from the rubble of the nearly levelled downtown street over the weekend that the true magnitude of the attack came into sharper focus. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

It was only after emergency workers began pulling body after body from the rubble of the nearly levelled downtown street over the weekend that the true magnitude of the attack came into sharper focus. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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Witnesses said the attack was made even worse by the number of cars stuck on the road where one of the bombs exploded. ‘There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed with bystanders and cars,’ a waiter at a nearby restaurant said. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)

Witnesses said the attack was made even worse by the number of cars stuck on the road where one of the bombs exploded. ‘There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed with bystanders and cars,’ a waiter at a nearby restaurant said. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)

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Somali men carry the body of a victim who died in the explosion. Doctors at hospitals in Mogadishu struggled to save the victims on Sunday. The Associated Press quoted one nurse as saying staff members had seen ‘unspeakable horrors’ in a hospital where the smell of blood was strong. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

Somali men carry the body of a victim who died in the explosion. Doctors at hospitals in Mogadishu struggled to save the victims on Sunday. The Associated Press quoted one nurse as saying staff members had seen ‘unspeakable horrors’ in a hospital where the smell of blood was strong. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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Fires continued to burn well into Sunday at the scene of the bombings. Abshir Ahmed, deputy speaker of the upper House of Parliament, wrote on his Facebook page that the director of one hospital had told him at least 130 bodies there were burnt beyond recognition. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

Fires continued to burn well into Sunday at the scene of the bombings. Abshir Ahmed, deputy speaker of the upper House of Parliament, wrote on his Facebook page that the director of one hospital had told him at least 130 bodies there were burnt beyond recognition. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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People chant slogans as they protest against the attack in Mogadishu on Sunday. The US condemned the bombing ‘in the strongest terms’ in a statement released by the State Department. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron also joined in condemning the attacks, expressing solidarity with Somalia. Turkey, a leading donor and investor in the African nation has also promised to provide medical aid to the country. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

People chant slogans as they protest against the attack in Mogadishu on Sunday. The US condemned the bombing ‘in the strongest terms’ in a statement released by the State Department. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron also joined in condemning the attacks, expressing solidarity with Somalia. Turkey, a leading donor and investor in the African nation has also promised to provide medical aid to the country. (Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP)

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