Somalia bombing victim arrives in UAE for medical aid

A victim is carried away in front of the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, after a car bomb explosion outside the hotel. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

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A woman injured in last month’s bombing in Mogadishu is to have the cost of her treatment in the UAE covered by the Khalifa Foundation.

Anab Mohammed, a Somalian citizen, was met by representatives of the foundation on her arrival in the capital, the state news agency Wam reported.

She was injured in the March 28 attack on Maka Al Mukarramah hotel, in which 17 people died. The bombing was carried out by Al Shabab.

Ms Mohammed’s treatment in the UAE was planned in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Somalia and the Somali authorities.

“The patient will receive medical care that is essential to alleviate her suffering and help her to recover faster from injuries,” a source at the foundation said.

Ms Mohammed expressed her gratitude.

At the start of last month, a dozen Somalis injured in a separate terrorist attack on a Mogadishu hotel in February were brought to the UAE for treatment on the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa, and on the follow-up of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Six patients were taken to Zayed Military Hospital, three to Mafraq and three to Al Ain. Eleven people died in the February 20 attack.

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