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Mogadishu blast: Death toll rises to 53, 60 injured

AP
Published : Oct 15, 2017, 1:51 pm IST
Updated : Oct 15, 2017, 1:52 pm IST

Hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties, more than 60 others are injured.

Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. (Photo: AFP)
 Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. (Photo: AFP)

Mogadishu: Security and medical sources say the death toll from Saturday's truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has risen to 53 as hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties. More than 60 others are injured.

Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein says many victims died at hospitals from their wounds.

Somalia's government has yet to release the exact death toll from an explosion many called the most powerful they had ever witnessed in Mogadishu.

Read: Huge blast rocks Mogadishu, Somalia's capital; 20 killed, 15 injured

Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims.

The al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in the capital with bombings.

Tags: mohamed hussein, bomb blast, al-qaeda, al-shadab
Location: Somalia, Banaadir, Mogadishu