4 killed, 5 Turkish workers injured in suicide

Four people, including two Turkish nationals, and several other Turkish workers were injured after a suicide bomber carried out an attack on a road construction site in Somalia, security sources said on Saturday.

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

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

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 14 people were injured in the attack.

Rejecting previous reports that the attack was aimed at Turkish troops in the country, security sources said the perpetrator carried it out against Turkish workers by blowing himself up while riding his motorcycle.

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

Turkey’s base in Somalia is its largest overseas military training base and was inaugurated in 2017.

Turkey’s huge aid effort at the height of famine in 2011 was loved by many Somalis, and it has continued to pour in aid, much of it from private companies.

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

Turkey also gave the African nation over $ 400 million (3 trillion TL) in the country’s largest aid campaign while fighting hunger.

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