Somalia Graduation Bomb Blast Kills 3 Government Ministers

World | December 3, 2009, Thursday // 14:04|  views

Health Minister Qamar Aden Ali was reported to be among the dead. Photo by

A blast at a graduation ceremony in the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 18 people, including three government ministers.

Officials say the blast was caused by a suicide bomber, during a graduation ceremony for 43 students from the local Banadir University.

Witnesses said the attack appeared to have targeted government officials, the BBC reported.

Islamists are fighting the UN-backed government, which controls small pockets of territory in the country.

Health Minister Qamar Aden Ali, Education Minister Ahmed Abdulahi Waayeel and Higher Education Minister Ibrahim Hassan Addow were all reported to have been killed.

Two journalists were also among the dead.

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