Turkey affirms blasts will not alter its mission to support Somalia

Safaaradda Turkiga ee ku leeyahay magaalada Muqdisho

The government of Turkey has vowed to continue supporting Somalia in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure in spite of al-Shabaab attacks against Turkish nationals.

In a statement, Turkey condemned a terrorist attack in Afgoye town, 30km outside Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

“We curse and condemn the terrorist attack which targeted innocent civilians in Somalia and injured 11 civilians, including four Turkish citizens,” the Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey will continue to stand by its Somali brothers in their fight against terrorism, said a ministry statement.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also condemned the attack, adding on Twitter: “The attack in Somalia will not deter our fight against terrorism.”

Cavusoglu wished a quick recovery for the injured, saying Turkey will closely watch their condition, including those being treated in a Turkish-built hospital in Mogadishu.

Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said six Turkish nationals and nine Somali citizens were wounded in the bombing, with two in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

Al-Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the attack saying it was targeting Turkey officials and Somali police.

The attack comes barely three weeks after the group hit a vehicle carrying contractors with IED laden car, leading the death of over 80 people and injured more than 100 others.

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