The death toll from three car bombs detonated near a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia has risen to 52 people, hospital officials told CNN Monday.
Around 100 people were injured in the blast which happened near a hotel popular with visitors to the country and international journalists.
Mohammed Yusuf, medical director at the Medina hospital in Mogadishu — where many of the wounded are being treated — told CNN five people died in the early hours of Monday morning at the clinic, while two others passed away at another hospital, he said.
A former government official, a district police chief, and a journalist are among those wounded in the Friday incident.
Five of the attackers attempted to storm the Sahafi hotel but were shot and killed by policemen.
Also killed in the attack was Abdifitah Abdirashid, a well-regarded hotel owner who inherited the business from his father. Tragically, the father also died in a similar Al-Shabaab attack in 2015, according to local media reports. Read more