Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 53

The death toll from Somalia’s deadly blast has risen to 53, with more than 60 others injured, AP news agency reports.

That figure is however expected to rise, with rescue operations still on-going in the capital, Mogadishu.

A car bomb exploded on Saturday evening in a busy street in the center of the city, a blast our reporter based there describes as the biggest he’s heard in years.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, though pointers indicate it could have been staged by jihadist group al-Shabaab.

The militant group has waged a near-decade-long war in the Horn of African nation, aiming to topple the government and instill a strict sharia-based system of governance.

The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions others.

The country’s president Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ has declared three days of national mourning following that attack.