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Turkish Engineer Killed in First Ramadan Explosion in Mogadishu

Counterterrorism & Security

Abdullahi Osman

Mon, 13 May 2019 09:02 GMT

A Turkish engineer has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The victim succumbed to injuries he sustained after a bomb, planted in his car, went off at Mogadishu’s KM4 Junction on Sunday, May 12th. He died at Digfeer Hospital which is run by Turkey.

The attack was immediately claimed by al-Shabab group. 

“The mujahideen killed a Turkish official who operates out of a Turkish military base in Mogadishu,” a statement released by al-Shabab said. Al-Shabab, which is fighting to topple the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, said Turkish officials in Somalia remain one of their main foreign targets because of what the group called ‘part of invading countries’.

Turkey is one of Somalia’s closest allies, helping the government train its army and rebuild the country’s infrastructure. It has its biggest overseas military camp there.

This is the first explosion in Mogadishu since the beginning of the Muslim holy of month of Ramadan. Al-Shabab is known to step up its attacks during Ramadan.

The al-Qaeda-linked group has been driven out of Mogadishu and other major towns and cities but it is still capable of conducting major attacks within and outside Somalia.