>> It is the deadliest attack to hit Somalia in a decade. Authorities now saying that more than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in the capital, Mogadishu.
organization has claimed responsibility for Saturday's blasts at two busy junctions in the heart of the city. But Islamist militant group Al Shabaab, which is allied to Al Qaeda, has staged regular attacks in the capital and other parts of the country.
The weekend attacks are the bloodiest since the group began its insurgency against Somalia's UN-backed government in 2007. Mogadishu's hospitals are packed with people searching for friends and relatives, but that search is proving difficult. A spokesperson for the Aamin Ambulance Service said people were just finding unrecognizable body parts.
A doctor at Mogadishu's Medina Hospital said they had recorded 258 deaths, adding that 160 bodies could not be recognized and were buried by the government on Sunday.
re than 2,000 people, many wearing red headbands, gathered in Mogadishu's streets that day to protest the attacks.>>
> It was a massacre what happened yesterday and I've never seen such a thing in the last 27 years.
>> Al Shabaab was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and has been steadily losing territory ever since, but it retains the capacity to mount large-scale bomb attacks. Over the past three years the number of civilians killed in Al Shabaab attacks has steadily risen as the group increases the size of its bombs.