Somali security officer stands guard at the scene of a suicide car explosion in front of Doorbin hotel in Mogadishu, on February 24, 2018. (AFP / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB)
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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."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.Reuters pictures showed at least five vehicles destroyed outside the hotel, whose perimeter wall was partly destroyed in the blast.Al Shabaab said its attackers had killed 35 soldiers and five of its fighters were also killed.
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