At least one Somalian was killed and another injured in a suicide bomb attack close to a Turkish military base in Somalia on Tuesday, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said.
No Turkish personnel was injured and the Turkish military academy in Mogadishu was unharmed, the ministry said in a statement.
The attack was foiled at the last minute by the guards who noticed the attacker and shot him, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish Ambassador to Somalia, Mehmet Yilmaz, as saying.
The attack occurred during a recruitment event of the base’s training programme.
Somali Government Spokesman, Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo, told Anadolu Agency that two civilians were killed in the attack.
Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the attack in another statement, saying “we share the grief of the friendly and brotherly Somali people … and extend our condolences to their families’’.
The Turkish military training facility was built in 2017 in Somalian capital of Mogadishu and provides training to Somali security forces.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Radio al-Furqan, one of the group’s radio affiliates.