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Somalia blast death toll tops 100

The UN says the death toll has gone over 100 after a suicide bombing that targeted a government compound in Somalia's war-ravaged capital.

The UN's office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs said in a report that the blast is a stark reminder of the prevailing insecurity in Somalia amid a debilitating famine.

A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded at the gate of a compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by militant group al-Shabab in Somalia since their insurgency began.

The group promised more attacks, saying they will be "back-to-back" and will "increase day by day". Most of the group's fighters left the capital in August after an offensive by African Union forces.

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