- Somalia’s president urged the military to prepare for a “state of war” against the al-Shabab extremist group.
- The US will play a supporting role in the offensive.
- The death toll from the truck bombing reached 358 and dozens are still missing.
Somalia’s president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a “state of war” against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country’s deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu.
The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.