The death toll from Friday’s car bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital has climbed to 52, according to admission records from five hospitals.
Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the Sahafi Hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below.
They said the security forces eventually killed the assailants and rescued dozens of people from hotel rooms.
The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years claimed responsibility. The blasts, which occurred within minutes of each other, targeted Mogadishu’s Sahafi Hotel and its surroundings.
The hotel is near the headquarters of the Somali Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Doctors and administrators of the five hospitals in the city that mainly treat the victims of gunshots and explosions — Medina, Darul Shifa, Erdogan, also known as the Digfer, Kalkaal and Somalia Sudanese Hospital — put the death toll at 52 and say 106 are wounded.
Members of the United Nations Security Council said in a statement that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”
It added that “acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
Doctor Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina hospital, the biggest emergency care facility in the city, told VOA that 63 blast victims had been admitted.
“We received 63 victims. Thirty-two were brought wounded, but three of them died in the hospital and the 31 others were already dead and we transferred them to the morgue,” he said.