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Turkish Aid Worker Killed in Somalia

MOGADISHU (SD) -According to the spokesman of the Somali Police Force, two individuals, one of whom was a Turkish national, were killed in a morning bombing yesterday in a suburb of Mogadishu. The second casualty was a Somali.

The bombing occurred, as the spokesman described it, when vehicles carrying security personnel and aid workers from the Turkish Verenel Association, an organization operating in Turkey, were on their way to camps where the displaced people are located outside of Mogadishu.

The explosion took place in an area called Tabbeelaha, with the victims, who were close to the Garasbaalay settlement, preparing to distribute Fitra to those in need during the month of Ramadan, as reported by the police.

The Verenel Association issued a statement on their official Twitter account, identifying the deceased as their Somali representative, Abdurrahim Yörük.

Somali Police spokesman Abdifatah Adan condemned the attack, stating that those targeted were individuals serving the Somali people in need.

Turkish aid agencies have been actively involved in Somalia since the aftermath of the August 2011 famine, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was Prime Minister of Turkey at the time, visited Mogadishu, Turkey’s subsequent assistance played a significant role in alleviating the country’s humanitarian crisis.

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