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Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

An initial "two blasts struck the perimeter of the Sahafi hotel along the main road... more than 10 people died, a lot of them civilians and some security guards", said police official Ibrahim Mohamed. "I could see people screaming as they fled the buses", witness Fadumo Ali told AFP.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years, said it carried out the attack.

Up to 50 people have been injured in Friday's attack, in which fighters from the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab detonated two vehicle bombs in front of the Sahafi Hotel.

"We have confirmed 39 civilians died and 40 others were injured in yesterday's blasts", Mohamed Hussein, a police officer in the city told the Reuters news agency. A third explosion took place on the street minutes later, Reuters reported. "The death toll is sure to rise".

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said information received from various hospitals indicated that the number of dead had reached 41, with another 106 wounded.




Despite only claiming responsibility for two suicide auto bombs, a third suicide bombing, which occurred later than the first two, was reported by both local and regional media.

According to sources in Somalia, the fatalities included the son of the owner of the hotel, Abdirashid Ilqeyte, who was killed in a Shabaab attack on the establishment in November 2015.

"The target of the attack was the Sahafi hotel and even though the attackers used auto bombs to make their way into the premises, the security forces stopped them", said Ahmed.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamists from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group have mounted regular attacks in the capital.


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