In Somalia, the controversy swells after the bloody attack in Mogadishu last Saturday. Somali intelligence officials said on Twitter Monday that a foreign country had planned the attack, but said no more. However, as the bomb was aimed at a Turkish convoy, many have thought of an involvement of the United Arab Emirates, head-on against Ankara in the region.
Official accusations have left researchers skeptical and enraged the Somali opposition. The mysterious tweet from the Somali secret service has sparked regional controversy. In its message, the NISA agency did not provide any evidence of its accusations.
A void into which the opposition is engulfed. The FNP coalition has described an « illegal » and « shameful » maneuver. Wadajir’s deputy, Abdirahman Abdishakur, denounced him “allegations misleading the public and intended to cover the failure of the secret service”.
For many researchers elsewhere, seeing the stranger’s hand does not make sense. The shebabs have enough expertise to carry out the attack themselves. As for the Emirates, they have no alliance with the Somali Islamists. Admittedly, Turks have been killed, and Ankara is Abu Dhabi’s enemy in the region, but that’s not enough evidence of Emirati involvement.
On the other hand, Turkey itself is looked at with suspicion. Indeed, it was the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, reputed to be close to President Erdogan, who first mentioned the involvement of the Emirates. According to researcher Rashid Abdi, the Turkish head of state may have used the case to embarrass Abu Dhabi on another hot issue of the moment: Libya, where the two countries are supporting opposing camps.
It took them two days to claim responsibility for the attack. Perhaps so as not to be robbed of the authorship of the operation. Except that they are responsible for a bloodbath among civilians, almost 90 dead and 150 wounded. Kind of like they had to shoot themselves in the foot.