MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 13 mortar rockets have rained d down on Turkish military base earlier on Saturday in Somali capital Mogadishu.
The rockets targeted the Turkey’s biggest overseas military base, amid the army cadets were make military exercise, a military officer, who asked to be anonymous said.
He says some of the mortar rockets landed into base, triggering to halt the military training for hours, adding that none of the cadets was killed or injured in the shelling.
Somali armed group of Al Shabaab has immediately claimed the responsibility for Saturday’s mortar attack, saying the group’s fighters had fired 13 rockets at the Turkish military base in Mogadishu.
The group has vowed to rump up its attacks targeting key areas in Somali capital, amid heavy police and security presence in Mogadishu, ahead of the upcoming month of Ramadan.
There was no immediate comment from Turkish mission in Somalia over the bombing.
Last year, Turkey has set up its biggest overseas military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, increasing Ankara’s presence in the Horn of Africa country.
The base, which reportedly cost $50m, will train 10,000 Somali troops and has the capacity to train at least 1,500 soldiers at a time, according to Turkish and Somali officials.
Ankara has been increasing its foothold in the strategic country with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visiting the horn of Africa country twice since 2011.
Turkey has built schools, hospitals and roads in the country and continues to send humanitarian aid to Somalia.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia