Death toll from Somalia bombing rises to 85

The death toll from twin bombings in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday has risen to 85, with more than 100 injured, Reuters news agency reports.

“The number of dead has risen to 85. We know some 100 who were injured,” Reuters quotes Mohamed Hussein, a police official.

There are still fears that the toll could rise even further as rescue and evacuation operations continue in the capital.

Local police said truck bomb exploded outside a hotel in a busy intersection in the capital, setting dozens of vehicles on fire.

No claim of responsibility has been made so far, though pointers indicate that it could have been staged by jihadist group al-Shabaab.

The militants have waged war on the Horn of African nation for close to a decade, aiming to enforce a strict sharia-based system of governance.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced millions others to flee their homes.