Turkish officers hurt in Somalia bombing flown to Ankara for treatment

July 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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ANKARA, Turkey, July 29 (UPI) -- Three Turkish security officers injured in a suicide bomb attack on Turkey's embassy in Somalia have been flown to Ankara for medical treatment, officials say.

A fourth security officer died in the car bombing, Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday.

Embassy personnel killed two of the three bombers before the third bomber detonated the explosives Saturday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu said.

The attack will not deter Turkey from providing aid to Somalia "to prevent killings," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a Twitter message.

Al-Shabaab militants linked to al-Qaida have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Analysts said the attack could be linked to Turkey's support of the Democratic Union Party rebel group fighting the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, Today's Zaman reported.

Mehmet Sahin, who teaches international relations at Gazi University in Ankara, said the PYD has been fighting al-Qaida in Syria and a surprise visit to Turkey last week by PYD leader Saleh Muslim may have made al-Qaida "uncomfortable."

The attack also could have been precipitated by Turkey altering its relationship with another Syrian rebel group, the al-Nusra Front, said Sedat Laciner, rector of Canakkale 18 Mart University.

Laciner said Ankara had backed the al-Nusra Front until recently when it began distancing itself from the al-Qaida-linked organization.

A senior Turkish diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected the analyses. He said Turkey's decision to provide humanitarian aid to Somalia was the source of the attack.

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