At least 17 killed in Somalia bombing

World Monday 22/July/2019 19:46 PM
By: Times News Service
At least 17 killed in Somalia bombing

Mogadishu: The death toll in Monday's Mogadishu car bombing has risen to 17 while 28 others remain injured, medical officials in the country confirmed.

Mohamed Yusuf, director of Medina Hospital, told state-run media in China that they received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries.

Yusuf said 12 of the wounded were in critical condition.

"Our last update of the casualties is 17 dead and 28 others sustained injuries," Yusuf said, noting that other victims could have been transferred to other hospitals in the city.

Police said a vehicle packed with explosives blew up on Monday morning at a security check point near a junction.

A police officer who declined to be named said a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was targeting the security check point of the main airport, Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.

The blast at the busy check point occurred as many were rushing to their work stations in the capital while others were travelling out of the country.

The deadly incident came barely four days after security forces warned of possible militant attacks, ordering the car owners not to park on the side of the road.