Turkish engineer killed in car bomb attack in Somali capital

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Somali car bomb attack from March. PHOTO: Al Jazeera

A car bomb attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has killed a Turkish citizen, Daily Sabah reported.

The man suffered critical injuries when explosives fitted to his car exploded on Sunday, police told the dpa news agency.

“A Turkish a civil engineer was mercilessly blown up in his car near KM4 Street,” said police spokesman Ali Hassan.

The injured engineer was taken to the Erdoğan Hospital but despite doctors’ efforts, could not be saved.

It was unclear who planted the bomb, but the police suspect militant group al-Shabaab, they said.

Somalia has launched an investigation into the attack. Turkey’s embassy in Mogadishu is closely following the process, according to the Demirören news agency.

On Saturday al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a roadside bombing targeting a local government official in the port city of Bosaso. Eight people were killed in the incident.

The terrorist group has fought the Somali army and African Union peacekeeping troops for over a decade.

The al-Qaeda-linked group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 but still controls large swathes of remote areas in the south and center of the country.

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