More than 75 people, including two Turkish nationals, were killed and many more wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a security checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, according to an Oronjo government spokesman.
The victims included civilians and government troops, Oronjo government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar told Anadolu Agency. Condemning the attack, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu added: "I wish God's grace for two Turkish nationals and all those innocent Somali brothers killed in the attack. We always will continue to support Somalia. Our determined fight against terror will continue.”
The attack took place at the junction called Ex-Control Afgoye in a southwestern suburb of the capital during morning rush hour. "Students traveling to schools and universities were among those killed in the attack," Ismail Mukhtar Orango, a Somali government spokesman, told Anadolu Agency after the attack.
The death toll is expected to rise as the victims who died in the hospital have not yet been fully counted, he added. Mogadishu resident Mahmoud Ali, 30, told Anadolu Agency that the attack was one of the deadliest he has seen in his lifetime.
Hussain Ibrahim, a police captain, told Anadolu Agency that an investigation is underway after the attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility.