ANKARA (Somaliguardian) – Turkey has on Saturday confirmed that one of its nationals was among four killed in Al-Shabaab-claimed suicide bombing on the outskirts of Somalia’s capital.
In a statement, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said four people including a Turkish engineer were killed after a suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives attacked staff involved in the construction of Mogadishu-Afgoye highway.
The blast took place near Lafole area on the outskirts of Mogadishu targeting Turkish engineers and officers of special police unit, who were protecting their security.
“We strongly condemn this heinous attack targeting employees of a Turkish company that undertook Mogadishu-Afgoye road construction,” Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
“We wish speedy recovery to the injured, emphasize once again that we stand by the friendly and brotherly people and the government of Somalia.”
Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab said it had carried out the attack, claiming to have killed a Turkish engineer and 2 officers of the Turkish-trained Haram’ad police unit, who were guarding the area as the attack took place.
Turkey has also confirmed that four of its nationals wounded in the bombing and that it was closely following their medical status.
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