UN, Somali President Condemn Attack at Turkish Compound

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and the United Nations condemned a suicide attack that killed four Turkish citizens yesterday.

The attack blamed on terrorist group al-Shabaab took place at an office compound housing Turkish staff in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, said Nicholas Kay, the UN’s special representative to the nation.

“My deep sympathy and sincere condolences go to the Turkish government, the victims and those who have lost their loved ones,” Kay said. “Turkey has been working tirelessly and bravely to help the Somali people over the last few years.”

Al-Shabaab is al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia and has carried out several attacks in the nation and neighboring Kenya over the years. The attacks prompted the Kenyan army to deploy troops to southern Somalia in October 2011 to help drive out the militia and stabilize the country.

“The Turkish government is one of our most determined and dependable allies, and an attack on its citizens here in Mogadishu is deplorable,” Mohamoud said.

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