At least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in the Somalia capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.
Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s UN-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The city’s Madina hospital received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries, 12 critical, said Mohammed Yusuf, the hospital’s director.
The blast went off at the first checkpoint on the road 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.