Turkey condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attacks in Somalia

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Militants storm ministry in Mogadishu after suicide car bombing, minister among 10 dead [AP Photo]

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Turkey has strongly condemned the latest terror attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu that killed at least 10 people, including a deputy minister on Saturday.

Eleven others were wounded in the attacks targeting two ministry buildings earlier in the day.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Works in Mogadishu.”

“We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded and convey our condolences to the friendly and brotherly Government and people of Somalia,” the statement read.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Somali PM Hassan Ali Khayre also confirmed the attack, saying: "I expressed my condolences to the families of the victims of today's cowardly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, including Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, who was killed in the attack".