Turkey remains keen on working in recovering Somalia despite becoming a target of Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.
The country Sunday flagged off a flagship road project that would see it rebuild the 23-kilometre long road from Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport to Km Zero, a landmark position in the capital’s north.
Spearheaded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the road passes through the strategic Km 4 roundabout and Villa Somalia, the state house in Mogadishu.
The project took off just hours after a major compound used by Turkish workers and diplomats was attacked by a suicide mission claimed by Al-Shabaab Saturday.
Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamoud Raghe alis Ali Dhere claimed a tally of six Turkish officials and 15 wounded.
However the Turkish embassy said that it had lost one guard while those wounded were airlifted for treatment in Turkey.
A university student passing by a two Somali sentries were also killed, according to government sources.