In Somalia, a suicide bomber blows himself up at a construction site. The attack is said to have targeted Turkish nationals. The Al-Shabaab terrorist group confessed to the crime.
A suicide attack in southeast Somalia left at least three lives. In the attack on Saturday, which targeted Turkish nationals, a civilian and two Somali security forces were killed in addition to the alleged perpetrator, the police said.
A Turkish national was allegedly injured when the explosion hit a construction site on a road between the capital Mogadishu and the town of Afgoye. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, however, spoke of four dead and at least four injured Turks. There were also contradicting statements about whether a Turk was among the fatalities.
Al-Shabaab: Attack against Turkish citizens
The Sunni terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed the attack was for itself and said the attack was directed against Turkish citizens. Turkey is supporting the Somali army with training and equipment. Turkish engineers and construction workers were involved in the road construction project.
According to Al-Shabaab and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, a Turk died in the attack. However, the Somali government initially denied this. “We strongly condemn this heinous attack,” said a message from Ankara. They will stand by the “brotherly” Somali government and people.
A few hours before the attack, a Somali government spokesman had reported an air strike against Al-Shabaab’s radio station Andalus. No one was injured in the attack in the southern province of Lower Shabelle. It is believed that the airstrike was carried out by a US military drone, it said. Whether the Somali government was involved in planning the attack remained unclear.
Al-Shabaab has been fighting for supremacy in the country in the Horn of Africa for years. The terrorist group controls large parts of the south and the center and repeatedly carries out attacks on civilians and security forces.