At least 76 people were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday when a truck bomb exploded at a crowded checkpoint in a suburb of the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to the official Somali News Agency.
The agency, quoting the Information, Culture and Tourism Ministry's spokesman Mukhtar Omar, said that many of the victims were students whose bus was at the checkpoint when the bomb went off.
Mogadishu Mayor Omar Mahmoud told a press conference that there was no precise figure for the dead, but added that 90 people were injured, adding that many of the victims were innocent students and civilians.
"We will confirm the exact number of the dead later, but it is not going to be small. Most of the dead were innocent university students and other civilians," he said.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast, the deadliest in Somalia for over two years, which took place at the morning rush hour amid horrific scenes of destroyed vehicles and injuries that could raise the death toll.