Death toll in Mogadishu blows up gradients 52

Death toll in Mogadishu blows up gradients 52

The death toll from Friday's car bombings in the Somali capital has risen to 52, according to five hospitals.

Somali security officials responding to the attack said four militants entered the hotel and went to the roof and shot at the people below. They said the security forces eventually killed the attackers and saved dozens of people from hotel rooms.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has led a rebellion for more than ten years, takes the responsibility.

The explosions that took place within minutes targeted Mogadishu's Sahafi Hotel and its surroundings. The hotel is located near the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Somali police.

Doctors and administrators of the five hospitals in the city, which mainly treat the victims of gunfire and explosions – Medina, Darul Shifa, Erdogan, also called Digfer, Kalkaal and Somalia Sudanese Hospital – apart from the death toll at 52, say 106 others are wounded.

Doctor Mohamed Yusuf, director of the Medina Hospital, the city's largest emergency care facility, told the VOA that 63 explosive devices had been taken.

A paramedic at the Kalkaal hospital takes care of a man who was injured in a suicide bombing near the Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 10 November 2018.

A paramedic at the Kalkaal hospital takes care of a man who was injured in a suicide bombing near the Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 10 November 2018.

"We received 63 victims. Thirty-two were injured, but three died in the hospital and the other 31 were already dead and we took them to the morgue, "he said.

Yusuf said that patients who were injured by gunfire and explosions had occupied nearly 100 percent of the beds in Medina. Recently, however, the number has dropped dramatically as the number of explosions has decreased and the larger bombing attacks are taking longer.

"The number of receptions for the injured has been unusual lately, but we have always remembered that we were in Mogadishu and things can happen anytime," Yusuf said.

Mohamed Osman Abas, director of the Darul Shifa Hospital, said 26 severely wounded people in the facility were treated by the three car bomb blasts and shots that shook the city on Friday.

A witness, who was then in the hotel, said under the condition of anonymity that the facade of the building was destroyed by the violence of the explosions.

Former Somali legislator Abdi Barre Jibril said women and children are among the victims. "Two women and an eight-year-old child were among the dead," he told VOA.

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