More bodies recovered after 20-hour siege in Somalia

14 more dead bodies recovered from the rubble of collapsed buildings
Scene of the attack in Somalia
Shells of vehicles burn outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu on February 28, 2019 after a car bomb exploded, killing at least five people and wounding 25 others. – Witnesses described how the blast ripped through one of the busiest streets of the capital in the early evening, filled with people relaxing after a day at work. (Photo by Abdirazak Hussein FARAH / AFP)

At least 19 people have been killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Security forces were engaged in a nearly 20-hour siege by Al-Shabaab insurgents on Friday.

Aamin Ambulance director, Abdikadir Abdirahman said they “have recovered 14 more dead bodies from under the rubble of collapsed buildings, bringing the total number of dead to 19”.

Medics had earlier pulled five bodies from the wreckage immediately after the explosion, but the recovery of more bodies was blocked by the ensuing fighting.

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