4 killed, 5 Turkish employees injured

Four dead, five Turkish workers injured in Somalia suicide bombing

Four people, including a Turkish national, and several other Turkish workers were injured after a suicide bomber attacked a road construction site in Somalia, security sources said on Saturday.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the attack took place in the village of Lafole, near construction work on the Mogadishu-Afgoya road, which was carried out by a Turkish company. The ministry noted that four Turkish nationals were injured in the attack.

The Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack and pledged solidarity with the Somali government and the people.

Dismissing earlier reports that the attack targeted Turkish troops in the country, security sources said the assailant led it against Turkish workers by blowing himself up while riding his motorcycle.

The attack took place about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Turkish military base, Camp TURKSOM, in Mogadishu and no military personnel were affected by the attack, the sources added.

The Turkish base in Somalia is its largest military training base abroad and was inaugurated in 2017.

Turkey’s vast aid effort at the height of the 2011 famine endeared it to many Somalis, and it has continued to provide aid, much of it from private companies.

It has built schools, hospitals and infrastructure and offers scholarships for Somalis to study in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has visited Mogadishu on several occasions and, on his first trip there in 2011, he became the first non-African leader to visit the war-torn country in 20 years.

Turkey has also provided the African nation with more than $ 400 million (3 trillion Turkish liras) as part of the country’s largest aid campaign as it battles famine.

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