Thursday's bombing ripped through a university graduation ceremony at an upscale hotel in the Somali capital, killing medical students, doctors, journalists and three government ministers.
Somalia's most powerful Islamic militant group said Friday it was not responsible for the attack, but Security Minister Abdullahi Muhammad Ali blamed al-Qaida through their affiliation with al-Shabab.
"The investigation is still under way to uncover evidence of who might have been behind the attack, but we already know that this is the work of al-Qaida through their affiliated group al-Shabab, because of the nature of the attack and the tactics used," said Ali.
National funeral made for assassinated ministers in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU (TF.SF) – the transitional Federal Government have Friday made national funeral for the ministers assassinated in the suicide bomb attack in Shamo hotel in Mogadishu which left more people on Thursday.
More TFG officials led by president Sharif Sheik Ahmed, PM Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharma’arke and speaker of Parliament Sheik Aden Mohamed Nor (Madobe) had attended the national burial made for the education, high education and health ministers of the transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu.
The faces of the government officials who attended the funeral occasion could be seen grief and how they were sorry for the death of the ministers, professors, doctors, students and journalist who were killed in the blast happened in Mogadishu
The speaker of the TFG sheik Aden Madobe had firstly talked and sent condolence to all the people whose people died in yesterday’s explosion in Shamo hotel pointing out that the blast was masterminded by what he described people connected with foreign ideology.