[Ed. – Next frontier in the war on terror is al-Shabab.]
The death toll has risen to 189, with more than 200 people injured, after a truck bomb in Somalia that the U.S. government condemned Sunday as a “cowardly” attack.
“Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism,” the U.S. mission to Somalia said in a statement.
The U.S. military this year has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, which is based in Somalia and often targets Mogadishu, the capital.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said four volunteers with the Somali Red Crescent Society were among the dead.
A statement Sunday said “this figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.”
Hospitals in Mogadishu struggled Sunday to cope with the high number of casualties, security and medical sources said.