Turkish Airlines chief shot dead in Somalia- UPDATED

A Turkish security chief from Turkish Airlines was shot dead in an attack in Somalia, the Turkish ambassador in Mogadishu said.

Turkish Airlines chief shot dead in Somalia- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Turkish man was shot dead on Tuesday in Mogadishu when gunmen attacked the car he was travelling in with a senior manager from Turkish Airlines , a spokeswoman for the national carrier said.

Saadettin Dogan, security chief at a company providing services to Turkish Airlines, died after suffering a head wound, the spokeswoman said.

An official at Turkey's Foreign Ministry also confirmed the death of a Turkish national in what was the second attack targeting Turks in Mogadishu in less than a year.

In July 2013, a car loaded with explosives rammed into an office housing Turkish embassy staff in the Somali capital, killing three people. The attack was claimed by al Shabaab rebels.

Somalia is attempting to rebuild itself after two decades of civil war and lawlessness, triggered by the overthrow of president Siad Barre in 1991.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan became the first non-African leader to visit Somalia in nearly 20 years when he travelled there in 2011.

Turkey is a key ally of the Somali government. It was a major contributor to the humanitarian aid effort at the height of the 2011 famine and Ankara continues to build hospitals and dispatch aid across Somalia.

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