Somalis injured in Mogadishu blast arrive in Turkey for treatment

Somalis injured in Mogadishu blast arrive in Turkey for treatment

Thirty five Somalis, including three children, injured in Saturday's truck bombing in capital Mogadishu, arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara late Monday, Turkey's deputy prime minister Recep Akdağ said.

The blast at a busy road junction killed at least 276 people and wounded more than 300 others, according to Somali National News Agency.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Akdağ said that the patients, of whom 13 were severely injured, would be transferred to Polatlı, Numune and Gülhane hospitals.

The deputy PM added that currently 33 staff members of the Turkish Health Ministry were in Somalia and more patients could be transferred to Turkey if necessary.

Turkey's Health Minister Ahmet Demircan arrived in the Somali capital to oversee Turkish assistance, accompanied by 33 staff, including an emergency services medical team, the Turkish Embassy said in a statement.

A Turkish aircraft loaded with medical aid and emergency services workers, including 13 workers from the Turkish Red Crescent and the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, landed in Mogadishu Monday morning.

The Turkish humanitarian and medical aid was welcomed by the Somali government and people, Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered his condolences over Saturday's attack in a phone conversation with President Mohamed on Monday. Erdoğan condemned the blast, reaffirming Turkey's solidarity with the Somali people and its support for Somalia in standing against terrorism. 

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