Somalia hotel bombing death toll rises to 11

The death toll from a bomb that went off at a hotel housing Djiboutian and Somali troops in the central city of Buloburde earlier Tuesday has risen to 11, a medical source said.

The death toll from a bomb that went off at a hotel housing Djiboutian and Somali troops in the central city of Buloburde earlier Tuesday has risen to 11, a medical source said.

MOGADISHU – The death toll from a bomb that went off at a hotel housing Djiboutian and Somali troops in the central city of Buloburde earlier Tuesday has risen to 11, a medical source said.

"The number of those killed in the suicide bombing has risen to 11, while nine people were injured, including Djiboutian and Somali soldiers," the source, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency.

He added that some of the injured were in "serious condition."

Among those killed was Mohamed Amin, armed forces commander in Buloburde, and a translator with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

It remains unclear whether the bomber was among the 11 confirmed killed in the blast.

The bombing was followed by an exchange of fire between troops and Al-Shabaab militants that left four of the latter dead, a security source had said earlier.

In a statement broadcast by an Al-Shabaab-affiliated radio station, the militant group claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack, saying its fighters had managed to kill a number of Somali and Djiboutian army officers and destroy several military vehicles.

Neither the Somali authorities nor AMISOM has commented on the bombing.

Buloburde is widely considered Al-Shabaab's main stronghold in Somalia's south-central Hiran region. It is also a launch pad for attacks on the nearby town of Beledweyne, which hosts a main military base for AMISOM's Djiboutian contingent.

Al-Shabaab continues to control several towns in the country's south.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting the Al-Shabaab insurgency.

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