Image: A man runs through the scene of a massive explosion in front of Safari Hotel

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Somalis Search for Survivors After Mogadishu Truck Bomb Blast

The explosion targeted a busy street, killing 231 people and injuring 275, in what is believed to be Somalia's single deadliest attack ever.

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Image: A general view of the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu.

People look through the rubble at the site of Saturday's truck bomb blast at the largely destroyed Safari Hotel, which is close to Somalia's foreign ministry in Mogadishu on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This gallery contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing.

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Image: A man runs through the scene of a massive explosion in front of Safari Hotel

A man runs following a massive explosion in front of Safari Hotel on Oct. 14.

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Image: Somalis use a sheet to carry a man wounded in a blast away to an ambulance

A group of men use a sheet to carry a wounded man to an ambulance on Oct. 14.

Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb.

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Somali soldiers patrol the scene of Saturday's truck bomb explosion on Oct. 15.

Somalia's government has blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group for the attack it called a "national disaster." However, al-Shabab, which often targets high-profile areas of the capital with bombings, had yet to comment.

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Image: Two men carry the body of a victim following the explosion of a truck bomb

Two men carry a victim's body on Oct. 14.

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Image: Somali women react at the scene of the blast

Somali women react at the scene of Saturday's blast on Oct. 15.

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Image: Somalis gather and search for survivors by destroyed buildings at the scene of a blast

People search for survivors on Oct. 14.

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Image: Somalis remove the body of a man killed

The body of a man killed in Saturday's blast is removed on Oct. 15.

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Image: Civilians evacuate from the scene of explosion in Mogadishu

People run from the scene of the explosion on Oct. 14.

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Image: Somali Armed Forces evacuate their injured colleague, from the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu

Somali Armed Forces evacuate an injured colleague on Oct. 14.

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Image: A Somali soldier helps a civilian who was wounded in a blast

A Somali soldier helps a wounded civilian on Oct. 14.

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Image: Somalis help a wounded civilian at Medina hospital in Mogadishu

Somalis help a wounded civilian at Medina hospital on Oct. 15.

"The hospital is overwhelmed by both dead and wounded. We also received people whose limbs were cut away by the bomb. This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past," said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina hospital.

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Image: A Somali gestures as he walks past a dead body, left, and destroyed buildings at the scene of a blast

A man gestures as he walks past a dead body, left, and destroyed buildings on Oct. 14.

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