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Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

November 10, 2018

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, a man helps an injured civilian who was wounded in a bomb blast near the Sahafi hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. Three car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside the hotel, which is located across the street from the police Criminal Investigations Department, causing dozens of fatalities. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali hospital and police sources 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 Islamic extremists 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.

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