Dozens Killed in Mogadishu Car Bomb Blasts

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.

Photo: VOA

The blasts, which occurred within minutes of each other, targeted Mogadishu's Sahafi Hotel and its surroundings.

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