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Death toll in Somalia car bomb attacks rises to 30

IANS  |  Mogadishu 

The death toll in three carried out outside a in the Somali capital has risen to 30, officials said on Saturday.

The Somali terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place on Friday on a busy street near a checkpoint that controls access to International Airport.

Mohamed Abshir, a for Amin -- the only free ambulance service operating in -- told the that the death toll had risen after some of the hundreds of injured succumbed to their and more bodies were recovered from the scene, news reported.

The first two blasts took place almost simultaneously at 4 p.m. outside the Sahafi Hotel, while the third came 20 minutes later in the garage of the adjacent

Several terrorists were killed trying to enter the Sahafi after the explosions, security sources told on Friday.

The two hotels are located just a few metres away from the in an area full of restaurants and bars.

Among the dead was Sahafi owner Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father was killed in a similar attack on the same hotel three years ago, according to

UN said that the would not be dissuaded in their search for a lasting peace and political stability and sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

Al-Shabaab, affiliated to Al Qaeda, controls part of the territory in the centre and south of the African country and aims to establish an Islamic state in based on the Wahhabi version of Islam.

The group has carried out various attacks in the African country, including strikes against the African Union Mission in military bases, killing hundreds of soldiers from Kenya, Burundi, and



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:16 IST