Turkey has dispatched a military plane with medics to Somalia to help and evacuate victims gravely wounded in a bloody bombing attack in the African country.
The Turkish military plane arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday to aid those wounded in the devastating bombing a day earlier.
Medics set up facilities to help the overwhelmed local medical staff treat the more seriously wounded victims of the blast, which happened when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a busy security checkpoint.
“We have received this morning doctors and medicine sent by the Turkish government and we are working to separate people seriously wounded from others in order to send them outside the country and the rest will be treated by the doctors,” Somalia’s Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Heyr told reporters.
The minister said about 24 doctors specializing in trauma had arrived from Turkey, while Qatar was sending a similar aircraft to assist on Monday.
Somali police chief Abdi Hassan Mohamed said Saturday that 79 people had died in the bombing, but the death toll could rise as some of the victims were seriously wounded.
Somalia’s information minister further said that rescue operations were still ongoing.
Dozens of ambulances were carrying the wounded from various hospitals in the city to the Turkish medical staff, who would take them to Turkey for further treatment.