A male suicide bomber dressed as a woman attacked a university graduation ceremony at the Shamo Hotel.Thursday, killing at least 15 people, including three Cabinet ministers and three journalists
The first class graduated a year ago. Before then, almost two decades has passed since anyone earned a medical degree in Somalia. In the December 2008 ceremony, held at the same hotel, the graduates proudly hoisted diplomas into the air. This year, there was mayhem as the bomb went off, leaving the dead and wounded in bloody heaps.
Several hundred people had gathered inside a decorated ballroom in the Shamo Hotel to celebrate the graduations of the medical, computer science and engineering students from Benadir University.
The school was established in 2002 by a group of Somali doctors who wanted to promote higher education in a country where physicians have become the victims of the seemingly endless violence. Medical degrees are obtained after six years of study.