Turkey condemns attack on UN convoy in Somalia

"Fight against terrorism is an obligation for all states," says foreign ministry statement.

ANKARA - Turkey's Foreign Ministry has condemned Thursday's deadly attack on a United Nation (UN) convoy in Somali capital Mogadishu.

"We strongly condemn the terrorist attack which targeted an UN Convoy near the airport in Mogadishu... resulting in the loss of six lives," a statement released by the ministry Friday said.

The statement noted that the fight against terrorism was an "obligation for all states" and called for the arrest of those responsible.

"Turkey, knowing that such terrorist attacks will never achieve their desired objectives, will continue to stand resolutely by the brotherly people and government of Somalia and to support international efforts to ensure stability," it added.

On Thursday, Mogadishu's deputy police chief Warsmi Godah told Anadolu Agency that eight people were killed and 16 injured in the attack, for which the militant Al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility.

The group put the death toll at ten, including three UN personnel.

However, UN Special Envoy for Somalia Nicholas Kay denied that any UN officials were killed in the attack.

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