At least 17 killed in bomb attack in Somalia capital

by Reuters
Monday, 22 July 2019 11:45 GMT

Nurses at the Medina hospital assist a civilian wounded in an explosion outside a hotel near the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Image Caption and Rights Information
The city's Madina hospital received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries, 12 of them in a critical condition

MOGADISHU, July 22 (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.

The Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia's weak U.N.-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The city's Madina hospital received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries, 12 of them in a critical condition, said Mohammed Yusuf, the hospital's director.

The blast went off at the first checkpoint on the road that leads to Mogadishu airport, said Farah Hussein, a shopkeeper who witnessed the attack.

Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator, then turned on each other.

(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Peter Graff)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.