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Somalia appeals for blood donations after deadly truck bomb

DEVESTATION: Somalia (Photo credit: (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP)

SOMALIA IS appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday's (Oct 14) truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people, the BBC reports.

Information Minister Abdirahman Osman told the BBC the death toll was likely to rise and more help was needed.

He said more than 300 people had been injured in Somalia's deadliest terror attack in 10 years, and more bodies were trapped under rubble.

So far, two planes of medial aid from the US and Qatar have landed in the capital. Turkey and Djibouti sent humanitarian assistance on Monday (Oct 16) and a Turkish military plane has taken 40 of the injured to Turkey for medical treatment.

Kenya also plans to airlift some of the victims for further treatment, and in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, hundreds of people been donating blood.

Since the attack, hundreds of Mogadishuans have been donating blood and various GoFund Me accounts are raising money for the victims and ambulance services in the capital.

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