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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pro-government daily suggests British intelligence behind Mogadishu attack

(Medeshi)- The pro-government Yeni Şafak daily has said that British news agency Reuters' speedy coverage of the Mogadishu attack targeting a Turkish delegation may lead some to believe the attack was perpetrated by British intelligence.

In a report published on its website on Thursday, Yeni Şafak stated that Reuters was the first news outlet to report the attack when even local reporters had difficulty uncovering details about it.
“Reuters apparently aimed to unveil where the Turkish delegation was staying on the eve of the Turkish president's historical visit to Mogadishu,” Yeni Şafak said, adding that the news agency's speed led to questions about whether the blast could possess the hallmarks of British intelligence.
A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish and Somali delegates were meeting on Thursday, killing two security guards a day ahead of a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Somali capital.
Reuters reported on Thursday that at least two police officers were killed in the attack -- which al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for -- citing officials.
Yeni Şafak stated that a Reuters witness saw two police officers lying dead in front of the destroyed gate and what appeared to be the mangled body of the suicide bomber, adding, “The attack is believed to have had British links.”
Source : Today's Zaman