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At least 10 killed in suicide bombing in Somali capital

Turkiye offers condolences for victims of al-Shabaab terror attack

Mohammed Dhaysane   | 12.01.2022
At least 10 killed in suicide bombing in Somali capital file photo

MOGADISHU, Somalia

At least 10 people, including five security officers, were killed Wednesday when a suicide car blast targeted a security convoy in Somalia’s capital, according to officials.

The attack in Mogadishu has been claimed by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked terror group that often carries out deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

"We know that at least 10 people were killed, including five soldiers in the bomb explosion" along with several injuries, Ali Yare Ali, deputy governor for security and politics of the Banadir regional administration, told journalists.

He added that an investigation is underway.

Abdifatah Hassan, a police officer in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that the attack occurred near one of the entrances to Aden Adde International Airport, adding to earlier reports that put it along 21 October Road in the Waberi neighborhood.

He said the attack devastated nearby buildings.

Al-Shabaab was also behind a 2017 truck bomb attack in Mogadishu that took 600 lives -- the worst terror attack in the country’s history.

Turkiye condemned the attack and extended condolences to the country and its people.

“We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack and extend our condolences to the friendly and brotherly people and Government of Somalia. We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the injured,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Turkiye will continue to stand by Somalia in its fight against terrorism," it added.​​​​​​​

*Ahmet Gencturk in Ankara contributed to the story

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