Somali government officials say some of the people severely wounded in Saturday’s truck bombing that killed at least 90 people in Mogadishu, have been airlifted to Turkey for treatment.
“Turkish military cargo airplane has taken 16 injured people to Ankara for treatment,” Somalia’s Minister of Internal Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow Duale said.
The country’s Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye also told state media that 10 Somalis who were badly wounded in the blast would be evacuated to Turkey.
The Turkish cargo plane also delivered large supplies of medicine and medical equipment to emergency staff to help overwhelmed Mogadishu hospitals in order to handle the large number of the wounded.
Turkey had sent 24 doctors to treat those wounded who would not be evacuated, Mareye added.
Two Turkish nationals were among those killed in the truck bombing that also left 125 other people were wounded.
Saturday’s explosion — one of the worst in the East African country’s history — occurred at a busy checkpoint on a road leading to Afgoye District.
The checkpoint, known as Ex-Control checkpoint, is one of the main road tax collection government posts in Mogadishu.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack although authorities blamed al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab.