Turkey condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia, pledges support

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 15.10.2017 20:21
Updated 16.10.2017 13:53
picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows a general view of the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu (AFP Photo)
picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows a general view of the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu (AFP Photo)

Turkish officials condemned the deadliest suicide attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, which claimed 231 lives Saturday.

In a message sent to Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the attack in "strongest terms."

"Turkey will continue to stand in solidarity with the government and people of Somalia against terrorism" Erdoğan said, adding that he has giving instructions to provide air ambulances, medical supplies and to bring the wounded people to Turkey to receive medical treatment.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also condemned the deadly suicide attack, by sending a message to his Somali counterpart Hassan Ali Khaire, prime ministry sources said.

Yıldırım expressed his condolences and sent messages of support to Somalia.

Simultaneous blasts hit the Horn of Africa nation Saturday, leaving at least 231 dead and over 275 injured in one of Mogadishu's busiest districts.

Although no group claimed responsibility for the bombing, Somali government officials believe it was carried out by al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabab terrorists.

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