2021-01-02 Africa Horn||Car bomb targeting Turkish company kills four in Somalia - ministry
[JPost] Turkey has been a major source of aid to Somalia following a famine in 2011 as Ankara seeks to increase its influence in the Horn of Africa.|
A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said.
The company's staff were working on the construction of a road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, northwest of the capital, the ministry statement said. It did not say who was behind the attack.
Somali government officials did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. The attack occurred outside the capital Mogadishu, according to residents in the area of the blast.
Turkey has been a major source of aid to Somalia following a famine in 2011 as Ankara seeks to increase its influence in the Horn of Africa to counter Gulf rivals like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Last January, Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents took responsibility for a car bombing that wounded at least 15 people in Afgoye, with those injured comprising Turkish contractors as well as Somali nationals.
A group of Turkish engineers was also among those hit in late December 2019 in a blast at a checkpoint in Mogadishu that killed at least 90 people.
In recent years Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has become a close ally of the Somali government. Ankara has built schools,
hospitals and infrastructure and provided scholarships for Somalis to study in Turkey. In 2017, Turkey opened its biggest overseas military base in Mogadishu.
| ...some of which were no doubt Gulenist schools the Turkish government confiscated when they started rounding them up....|
However that alliance has inserted Somalia into the center of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and Qatar backed by Turkey on the other.
|Posted by Frank G 2021-01-02 10:00||
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