At least 200 people were killed in twin bombing attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia on Saturday, according to government officials.
No fewer than 300 others were wounded in the attacks, which officials have called one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Somalia. With hundreds still wounded, officials fear the death toll could rise.
Police said a truck exploded outside the Safari Hotel in the K5 neighborhood, which is populated with government officials, stores, and restaurants. Two hours later, another bomb was detonated in the Medina district.
The New York Times reports that a former Somali internal security minister, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, said that 237 were killed in the attack, adding that the death toll could rise.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning and called on Somali citizens to help the victims. The president donated blood on Saturday.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the terrorist group al-Shabaab has carried out similar attacks in the Somali capital and could have been behind the latest attack.