A suicide bomber has killed at the very least 5 individuals in Somalia in an assault that authorities say focused Turkish nationals within the nation.
Turkish Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca says two Turkish nationals had been killed within the assault on Saturday.
Three extra Turkish residents had been among the many 14 wounded. All the wounded are present process remedy in Mogadishu. None of them are in a vital situation, the minister added.
Somali officers didn’t initially report any Turkish casualties, reporting solely Somali deaths and the truth that one Turkish nationwide was wounded.
“Among the many deaths are the suicide bomber, a civilian and two Somali safety forces,” mentioned senior Somali police officer Ali Hassan.
The blast hit a development website alongside the street between the capital Mogadishu and the Afgoye district. Turkish engineers and development staff had been engaged on a street development challenge.
The assault, claimed by the al-Shabaab terrorist group, particularly focused Turkish residents in Somalia, police mentioned.
Al-Shabaab additionally claims to have killed at the very least one Turkish nationwide, however Somali officers refuted this.
Turkey is supporting the Somali military with coaching and gear. Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia, considers Turkey an invader within the East African nation.
Saturday’s assault got here hours after Somali authorities spokesperson Ismael Mukhtar Omar introduced an airstrike on considered one of al-Shabaab’s radio studios within the village of Kuunyabarow, within the southern Decrease Shabelle province.
The spokesperson refused to touch upon whether or not the Somali authorities had coordinated the airstrike with its US counterparts.
Regardless of stories of harm, no casualties had been recorded.