ISTANBUL May 27 A Turkish man was shot dead on
Tuesday in Mogadishu when gunmen attacked the car he was
travelling in with a senior manager from Turkish Airlines
, a spokeswoman for the national carrier said.
Saadettin Dogan, security chief at a company providing
services to Turkish Airlines, died after suffering a head wound,
the spokeswoman said.
An official at Turkey's Foreign Ministry also confirmed the
death of a Turkish national in what was the second attack
targeting Turks in Mogadishu in less than a year.
In July 2013, a car loaded with explosives rammed into an
office housing Turkish embassy staff in the Somali capital,
killing three people. The attack was claimed by Islamist al
Somalia is attempting to rebuild itself after two decades of
civil war and lawlessness, triggered by the overthrow of
president Siad Barre in 1991.
The fragile government is being backed by international aid
aimed at preventing it from becoming a haven for al Qaeda-style
militants in east Africa.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan became the first
non-African leader to visit Somalia in nearly 20 years when he
travelled there in 2011.
Turkey is a key ally of the Somali government. It was a
major contributor to the humanitarian aid effort at the height
of the 2011 famine and Ankara continues to build hospitals and
dispatch aid across Somalia.
(Reporting by Evrim Ergin and Tulay Karadeniz, Writing by
Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)