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Seven Mogadishu blast victims airlifted to Nairobi

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 17 2017
     
Qatari medical staff escort from an ambulance a wounded Somali national before evacuating him by aircraft for treatment at Aden Adde international airport in Mogadishu on October 17, 2017. At least 35 persons are evacuated to Kenya and Qatar for specialised treatment after a bomb attack. AFP PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB 
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By JACQUELINE KUBANIA
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Seven people injured from the terror attack in Somalia were airlifted to Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday evening for specialised treatment.
They were received by Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo at Wilson Airport and were rushed by Kenya Red Cross paramedics to Kenyatta National Hospital.
Ms Omamo said that Kenya was ready to offer any kind of support that Somalia would need as it deals with the bomb attack, said to be the most deadly in the history of the war-torn country.
“We are expecting a total of 31 patients who will arrive in the course of this week. We condemn this terror attack in the harshest possible terms and Kenya will continue to help with the stabilisation of Somalia,” she said.
Accompanying the CS at the airport were Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko, Principal Secretary Internal Affairs Monica Juma and Somalia government representatives.
"It is our hope like other countries in the region that are helping that we will be able to assist Somalia at this difficult time," said the CS.
Kenya has troops in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).
The Kenyan government earlier sent 11 tonnes of medicines to Mogadishu under the Kenyans for Somalia initiative started by the Red Cross on Tuesday to mobilise aid for victims.
The initiative also included a blood donation exercise in Eastleigh, Nairobi earlier Tuesday.
The death toll from the terror attack has been placed at over 300, and is expected to rise as more people are still missing.



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