Death toll in So­ma­lia car bomb at­tacks rises to 30

The Sunday Guardian - - World - IANS

MOGADISHU: The death toll in three car bomb ex­plo­sions car­ried out out­side a lux­ury ho­tel in the So­mali cap­i­tal has risen to 30, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

The So­mali ter­ror group Al-Shabaab claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tacks, which took place on Fri­day on a busy street near a check­point that con­trols ac­cess to Mogadishu In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Mo­hamed Ab­shir, a worker for Amin—the only free am­bu­lance ser­vice op­er­at­ing in Mogadishu—told the lo­cal me­dia that the death toll had risen af­ter some of the hun­dreds of in­jured suc­cumbed to their in­juries and more bod­ies were re­cov­ered from the scene. The first two blasts took place al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously at 4 p.m. out­side the Sa­hafi Ho­tel, while the third came 20 min­utes later in the garage of the ad­ja­cent Hayat Ho­tel. Sev­eral ter­ror­ists were killed try­ing to en­ter the Sa­hafi af­ter the ex­plo­sions, se­cu­rity sources told Ra­dio Dal­san on Fri­day. The two ho­tels are lo­cated just a few me­tres away from the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion’s head­quar­ters in an area full of restau­rants and bars.

Among the dead was Sa­hafi owner Ab­d­i­fa­tah Ab­di­rashid, whose fa­ther was killed in a sim­i­lar at­tack on the same ho­tel three years ago, ac­cord­ing to Ra­dio Dal­san.

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