Turkey condemns attack on Somali police academy

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Police said the suicide bomber strapped with a bomb vest blew up during rehearsals in preparation for the December 20 Police Day celebrations in Somalia.

Earlier, the head of a local ambulance service said they had moved the bodies of 13 victims as well as 15 injured people.

At least 15 other people were reported to be wounded.

"Police were preparing for the 74th anniversary of police day", Muktar Hussein Afrah, Somalia's deputy police commander, told reporters at the scene.




At the time, it described the dead as "enemy combatants" and that they were members of al Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked insurgent group.

The airstrike, conducted southwest of Mogadishu, was done in coordination with the Somali government and was against "an al-Shabaab vehicle-borne improvised explosive device", according to the command. Police sources quoted in the report said the attacker infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy and struck during a police parade. In October, a huge truck bombing blamed on the Shabaab killed as many as 512 people, levelling buildings in the capital's busy Kilometre 5 neighbourhood. Somalia has frequent attacks from the Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab, who are allied to al-Qaida.

Al Shabaad have been fighting the United Nations-backed government and its African Union allies.

This includes partnering with the African Union Mission and Somali National Security Forces to target "terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region".

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