MOGADISHU — A stray mortar shell fired by extremist insurgents struck a hospital for army veterans in Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding 12, Somali police and witnesses said.
The mortar smashed into the hospital compound as a group of disabled veterans were chatting outside the main building before the iftar meal breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast observed during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
"There was a mortar attack by the violent groups against the seaport this afternoon and we are getting information that six people died inside Martini hospital," Mohamed Abdiazis, a Somali policeman at the nearby seaport told AFP.
"Several mortar rounds hit near the seaport and the main jail but the worst incident occurred inside the hospital where I saw disabled people in wheelchairs with severe shrapnel wounds," eyewitness Hasan Moalim Ali said.
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