Al-Qaeda (AQ) branch in Somalia has threatened Turkey over what it has termed as ‘military build-up’ in their country.
The Islamist militant group has vowed to launch fresh attacks on targets and installations run by Turkey in Somalia.
According to Sheikh Abulaziz Abu Muscab, Shebaab’s spokesman for military operations, the group will double its attacks against Turkish mission over its incursion in Somalia.
Shebab propaganda wing said it had inflicted heavy losses on Turkey after mortar attack at Turkish military base in Somali capital, warning of more attacks in the coming days.
Turkey has set up its biggest overseas military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, increasing Ankara’s presence in the Horn of Africa country.
The military base, which reportedly cost $50m, will train 10,000 Somali troops and has the capacity to train at least 1,500 soldiers at a time, according to Turkish and Somali officials.