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Mogadishu: 25 remain missing after explosion with over 220 victims

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Mogadishu: 25 remain missing after explosion with over 220 victims

At least 25 people are missing after a car bomb exploded that killed more than 220 casualties in Mogadishu, Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar said.

The preliminary death toll, estimated at 79 the day before, rose to 81 on Sunday night with the death of two of the 148 injured in the attack, including one of sixteen serious injuries transferred to Turkey where they receive treatment.

Meanwhile, the US Army military command for Africa (Africom) announced it had carried out three air strikes in cooperation with the Somali government against the positions of the jihadist group Al Shabab, allegedly responsible for the December 28 attack.

According to previous estimates, the US attacks killed four terrorists in Qunyo Barrow and Caliyoow Barrow and destroyed two vehicles.

"Since the first overseas attack in 2010, the group has relentlessly killed hundreds of people. They have attacked and killed African partners and allies, as well as US citizens.

They are a global threat and aim to export violence to the region and eventually carry out attacks on US territory, "said Africom chief operating officer, Major General William Gayler.

O newspaper Garowe notes that the militants attacked by the US were high-ranking Al Shabab.

Al Shabab, who has sworn allegiance to the terrorist group Al Qaeda (banned in Russia), has carried out numerous attacks on government troops, the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and UN humanitarian operations.

The group, which is committed to imposing a radical version of the Sharia law in Somalia, has also claimed several terrorist attacks in neighboring East African countries.

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