Turkish Airlines Resumes Flights To Mogadishu After Somali Plane Bombing
Somalia media monitoring, 15 May 2016
Turkish Airlines resumed flights to Mogadishu, the latest international airliner to resume its flights to the Somali capital few months after the Al-Qaeda linked Al Shabab group bombed a Somali airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole on its side, officials said Sunday.
A suspected suicide bomber detonated a bomb allegedly planted in a laptop inside Daallo airlines on early February which damaged the plane’s fuselage. Only one person thought to be the bomber died after he sucked out of the plane. The development comes days after the Turkish national carrier deployed its own security staff at the Mogadishu airport to provide security to company’s planes flying to Mogadishu.
The mysterious mid-air explosion in Daallo Airlines’ aircraft has sent alarm across the world as security experts warned that the attack showed militant group’s desire to add attacks on air transportation into their global jihad catalog. In October last year, a Russian airliner was brought down by a bomb in Egypt’s Sinai, killing all 224 people on board. The ISIS group claimed it was behind the bombing.