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52 killed in Somalia car bombings

ANI | Updated: Nov 11, 2018 02:53 IST

Mogadishu [Somalia], Nov 11 (ANI): At least 52 people were killed and several others were injured in Friday's car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
Two car bombs exploded within minutes of each other near Mogadishu's Sahafi Hotel. The hotel is situated near the headquarters of the Somali Police Force's Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the Voice of America reported.
As per Somalia security officials, four militants also entered the hotel, went to the roof and started firing on people down below. The security forces eventually killed the assailants and rescued people from hotel rooms.
The five hospitals, which mainly treat the victims of gunshots and explosions in the city, confirmed the death toll while also informing that 106 others are wounded.
Al-Shabab group, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's government, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Al-Shabab was forced out of Mogadishu and other major urban areas by Somalia in 2011, but it continues to carry out bombings and attacks in the country. (ANI)