The death toll from Friday's car bomb explosions in the capital of Somalia rose to 52, according to the admissions data from five hospitals.
Somali security officials who responded to the attack said four militants entered the hotel and went to the roof, firing at the people below. They said the security forces eventually killed the assailants and saved dozens of people from the hotel rooms.
The militant al-Shabab group, which has fought an insurrection for more than 10 years, has claimed responsibility.
The explosions, which took place a few minutes from one another, targeted the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu and its surroundings. The hotel is located near the headquarters of the Somali Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Doctors and administrators of the five hospitals of the city dealing mainly with victims of gunshots and explosions – Medina, Darul Shifa, Erdogan, also known as the Digfer, Kalkaal and Somalia Sudanese Hospital – in addition to putting the death toll at 52 , for example 106 others are injured.
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, director of the Medina hospital, the city's largest first-aid facility, told the VOA that 63 victims were admitted.
"We received 63 victims, thirty-two were wounded, but three of them died in the hospital and the other 31 were already dead and we moved them to the morgue," he said.
Yusuf said that patients injured by gunshots and explosions occupied almost 100% of Medina's beds, although recently the number has dropped dramatically due to the decrease in the number of explosions and a longer period of time. along some of the biggest bombings.
"The number of receipts for the injured was recently unusual, but we always remembered that we were in Mogadishu and that things can happen at any time," said Yusuf.
Mohamed Osman Abas, director of the Darul Shifa hospital, said that 26 severely injured people were treated in that facility by the three explosions of car bombs and the shots that shook the city on Friday.
A witness who was in the hotel at the time said, on condition of anonymity, that the facade of the building had been destroyed by the force of the explosions.
The former Somali parliamentary Abdi Barre Jibril said that women and children are among the victims. "Two women and an eight-year-old were dead," he told the VOA.