Updated: March 8, 2021
A bomb blast on Saturday morning killed at least 76 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militia al-Shabab has regularly attacked government institutions around the country and may be blamed.
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The aftermath of the attack, at a busy tax collection center located near one of two checkpoints that control all entry and exit from the city, was described by witnesses as a macabre scene.
Local and international newspapers quoted Abdulkadir Adan, the director of Aamin Ambulance, the city’s main ambulance service, as saying that his teams had recovered 76 bodies from the scene and that dozens more were severely wounded.