Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45 – government official

The death toll from twin car bomb blasts in the Somali capital late on Friday has risen to 45 from the initially reported 18, a senior government official said on Saturday.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack near the president’s residence and a hotel close by.

“The death toll from last night’s blasts has risen to 45, and 36 others were injured,” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Separately, a police officer said he was sure of 36 deaths.

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Source: Reuters