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Pentagon ready to increase support for Somalia after bomb

Posted Oct 16, 2017 by AFP
The US military said Monday it is ready to boost its support for the Somali government after at least 276 people were killed in a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu.
A large truck bomb flattened a huge area  in Mogadishu  with rescuers pulling 20 bodies from the rub...
A large truck bomb flattened a huge area in Mogadishu, with rescuers pulling 20 bodies from the rubble but warning the toll could be as high as 100
Mohamed ABDIWAHAB, AFP

The US military said Monday it is ready to boost its support for the Somali government after at least 276 people were killed in a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu.

"We will be prepared to support the government of Somalia when they ask," a Pentagon spokesperson said. "We are planning what we can provide."

The US military already has 400 troops on the ground in Somalia providing training and advice for the Somali military and also logistical support.

The US supports the country's fight against the Shabaab jihadist rebel group, which is believed to have been behind the explosion on Saturday.

No Americans have been identified among the victims of the blast, which took place at a junction in Hodan, a busy commercial district in northwestern Mogadishu that has many shops, hotels and other businesses.

In addition to the 276 killed, at least 300 were injured.