Car bomb attack targets Turkish engineers near Mogadishu

A car bomb attack targeted a group of Turkish contractors and their Somali security guards in Afgoye on Saturday.

15 people including six Turkish and nine  Somali nationals injured in the car bomb attack have been admitted to Mogadishu Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Hospital for treatment.

Two Turkish nationals are said to in critical condition according to the Turkish Health Ministry.

“A speeding suicide car bomb rammed into a place where the Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch,” police officer Nur Ali told Reuters from Afgoye.

Turkish company was contracted by the Somali government in the construction of a 30-kilometer Mogadishu-Afgoye road funded by state of Qatar.

Armed group al-Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack saying it targeted Turkish nationals and Somali security agencies.

More than 90 people were killed in the blast at ex control junction in Mogadishu.

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