Hospital officials in Somalia say the death toll from last Friday’s bomb attacks outside a hotel in the capital Mogadishu has risen to 53.
Over 100 people are also known to have sustained serious injuries, police and hospital officials say.
Last Friday two car bombs went off outside the Sahafi Hotel, just across the street from the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department.
Captain Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said there are many people with horrific wounds. There are concerns the death toll could rise further.
The owner of Sahafi Hotel is reported to have been killed in the bomb attacks. His father died in a similar assault three years ago.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Sahafi Hotel is a popular hotel patronized by foreigners. The hotel has a strong security system and the attackers were targeting the facility.
Al shabaab continues to carry out several attacks in Somalia creating a lot of insecurity for citizens and foreigners.