Ambulances carrying wounded victims passes the scene of Saturday's truck bomb blast, as they head to airport to be airlifted by Turkish air ambulance for treatment in Turkey, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Oct, 16, 2017. The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital now exceeds 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack. Credit: Farah Abdi Warsameh | AP

A Lewiston man’s brother was killed in a truck bomb explosion Saturday night in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Sun Journal newspaper reported.

Iman Osman, 27, told the newspaper his brother, Iman Abdalla, had been working in Mogadishu as an ambulance driver and was walking home after collecting his pay when the truck exploded about 1,000 feet away, killing him.

Osman told the Sun Journal he spoke or texted his brother, the father of eight children with a ninth on the way, almost daily.

“He was a nice guy,” Osman told the newspaper. “He was friendly. He used to talk to my 2-year-old son.”

The truck bomb is being blamed on the terrorist group Al-Shabab. The explosion reportedly killed more than 300 people and is considered the deadliest single terrorist attack in the country’s history.

Osman and his brother both fled Somalia when they were younger, but Abdalla returned to the country last year hoping conditions there would be better under its new government, the Sun Journal reported.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.