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Truck bomb in Somalia's capital kills at least 90 people

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A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 90 people, according to a report from an international organization working in Somalia. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory.

The death toll from the blast had earlier been reported as 76.

The toll is likely to rise as scores of people were rushed to hospitals, government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar told The Associated Press. Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed, speaking at the scene, said at least 90 people were wounded, including children.

The mayor said two Turkish nationals and many university students were among those killed.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast targeted a tax collection center during the morning rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend. Images from the scene showed the mangled frames of vehicles and bodies lying on the ground.

A large black plume of smoke rose above the capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

- With agencies