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Somalia: Turkish aid arrives in wake of terror attack

16 wounded Somalis on way to Turkey for medical treatment, while 50 treated at Turkish-funded hospital in capital

Ali Murat Alhas   | 29.12.2019
Somalia: Turkish aid arrives in wake of terror attack


A Turkish military plane arrived in Somalia's capital early Sunday bringing help in the wake of a terrorist attack that claimed scores of lives.

“Turkish Armed Forces aircraft carrying health services personnel and equipment have arrived in Mogadishu in an effort to provide support for our Somali brothers injured during the heinous terrorist bomb attack in Somalia,” said Turkey’s National Defense Ministry on Twitter.

On Sunday night, a Turkish military plane carrying the bodies of two Turkish nationals slain in the terror attack and 16 wounded Somalis for medical treatment arrived in Ankara, Turkey, said Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

Early Saturday, a suicide truck bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Mogadishu killed nearly 80 people, including two Turkish nationals, and wounded many more.

Commenting on the deadly attack, Mehmet Yilmaz, Turkey's ambassador in Mogadishu, earlier said that Turkey will continue to stand by Somalia.

He said there are about 50 Somalis currently being treated in Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Somalia.

The 200-bed hospital, named after Turkey’s president and built by the state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), is run by Turkey’s Health Ministry and over half funded by Turkey.

Turkey has strong ties with Somalia, and since 2011, TIKA has taken part in over 150 projects in the Horn of Africa country.

Mentioning the October 2017 attack in Mogadishu, which killed more than 600 people -- the country’s deadliest attack to date -- he added that Turkey previously extended its helping hand to Somalia.

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