Death toll from Mogadishu blast rises to 53

Death toll from Mogadishu blast rises to 53
Somali officials have said that the number of people killed in Fridays bombings in Mogadishu has risen to 53.
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11 November, 2018
The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings [AFP]

Hospital and police sources in Somalia say the death toll from Friday's bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 53 with over 100 injured.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said many of the injured suffered horrific wounds, raising fears that death toll could rise further. The figure given by Hussein is consistent with submissions from hospitals.

Ahmed Yusuf, a nurse at Madina hospital, said that Mogadishu's hospitals are coping to treat the influx of wounded victims who continued to come in Saturday.

Four car bombs by extreme Islamist militants exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, Friday afternoon. After the three explosions in front of the hotel, a fourth blast hit as medics attempted to rescue the injured.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombs.

Despite losing territory to US-backed government forces, al-Shabab have continued to pose a threat to the stability of the Horn of Africa country.