Mogadishu car bomb targeted at Somali and Turkish forces – Al Shabaab claims

The car bomb killed about 90 people while some critically injured victims have been evacuated to Turkey for treatment.
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – DECEMBER 29: Members of National Medical Rescue Team carry an injured Somalian on a stretcher as funerals of two Turkish people, who lost their lives in an explosion with a bomb-laden vehicle targeted a security point in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu, are being brought back to Turkey with an airplane before it takes off from Mogadishu, Somalia on December 29, 2019. Emin Sansar / Anadolu Agency

Terrorist group and al Qaeda ally, al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu at the weekend that killed at least 90 people while Somalia said a foreign government that it did not identify helped plan the attack and that it was seeking foreign assistance to conclude its investigations.

“The blast targeted a convoy of Turkish and Somali forces and they suffered great loss,” Al Shabaab’s spokesman, Ali Mohamud Rage said in an audio message reported by Reuters news agency.

The bombing occured at the busy Ex-Control checkpoint northwest of Mogadishu. It was the deadliest in more than two years in a country wrecked by nearly three decades of Islamist violence and clan warfare.

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The National Intelligence and Security Agency did not name the country that it said was involved in the blast. “A foreign country planned the massacre of the Somalis in Mogadishu on 28 Dec 2019,” it said in a tweet.

NISA also said it would use assistance from an unnamed foreign intelligence organisation in its investigation.

Rage accused Turkey of “taking all resources of Somalia” and vowed to continue targeting their personnel in the country.

“We shall always fight…the Turkish who work with the apostate government of Turkey. We are not against innocent Turkish muslim citizens,” he said.

Two of those killed were Turkish nationals. A small team of Turkish engineers was present at the time of the blast, constructing a road into the city.

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In recent years, Somalia has become an arena for military and diplomatic rivalry between Turkey and Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the other.

Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings to try to undermine Somalia’s central government, which is backed by the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping troops.

The most deadly attack blamed on al Shabaab was in 2017 when a truck bomb exploded next to a fuel tanker in Mogadishu, killing nearly 600.


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