ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide bombing close to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday killed 5 folks together with two Turks, Turkish and Somali officers mentioned.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed accountability for the assault in a submit by its Shahada Information Company. The Somalia-based group usually targets Mogadishu with suicide bombings and different assaults, and it has exploded bombs in opposition to the Turkish navy and different targets there prior to now.
Turkish Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that 14 folks, together with three Turks, had been wounded and are being handled in a Mogadishu hospital named after Turkey’s president.
“We strongly condemn this heinous assault concentrating on the staff of a Turkish firm that undertook the Mogadishu-Afgoye highway building and contributes to the event and prosperity of Somalia,” a overseas ministry assertion mentioned.
The three others killed had been Somali policemen, police Capt. Ahmed Mohamed mentioned.
Turkish safety sources mentioned the suicide attacker used a bike. They mentioned the assault occurred 15 kilometers (eight miles) from a Turkish navy base, which was not affected. The bottom is Turkey’s largest navy set up overseas.
That is the second time the highway venture has been attacked by al-Shabab. In January final yr, a car stuffed with explosives exploded on the entrance, killing and wounding dozens of individuals, together with a number of Turkish residents.
The assault led to a pause within the venture, which recommenced a couple of months in the past after safety was improved.
Individually on Saturday, the U.S. navy mentioned it had carried out two airstrikes in opposition to al-Shabab compounds close to Qunya Barrow on Friday, the primary such strikes of the yr after greater than 50 final yr. A U.S. assertion mentioned each compounds had been destroyed.
Hassan Barise in Mogadishu, Somalia contributed.
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