Deadly explosion kills 3 soldiers near Mogadishu

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion targeting Turkish convoy has killed three Somali security soldiers near the capital, Mogadishu.

The explosion went off on Tuesday Elasha Biyaha area, just 15km west of Mogadishu, leaving three soldiers dead, a witness said.

Somali police confirms that the soldiers were part of security guards escorting Turkish engineers working for road construction linking Mogadishu and southern town of Afgoye..

No Turks were killed or injured in the explosion.

Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the bomb attack.

On Dec. 28, at least 85 people, including two Turkish nationals, were killed and over 150 others wounded in a truck suicide attack in Mogadishu, in another attack claimed by al-Shabaab.

Turkey has strong historical ties with Somalia on the principle of “win-win” relations, including over 150 development aid projects carried out by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency since 2011.

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