Kazakhstan to evacuate two of its citizens from Somalia after plane’s emergency landing

Kazakhstan Foreign Affairs ministry Tuesday said that it is going to evacuate two nationals from Somalia.

Kazakhstan Sergey Severin and Nikolay Bochkarev were on board of Airbus A321 operated by Daallo Airlines when it made an emergency landing in Mogadishu due to a hole in its fuselage.

Currently, according to the ministry, the two Kazakhstanis are staying at the UN base in Mogadishu. “They are safe and sound. At the moment we are working on bringing them home from Somalia,” the ministry’s spokesperson Anuar Zhainakov told Kazinform.

Severin and Bochkarev who happen to be specialists of the aircraft repair plant №405 in Almaty city provided helicopter repair services to the UN Mission in Somalia.

The aircraft A321 flight was approximately 15 minutes in the air when the bombing incident happened on Feb. 2, causing a hole in the fuselage.

Somali security officials arrested more than twenty people including one of the two men seen in the CCTV footage and other aviation officials who are linked to the incident.

Somali government’s spokesman Abdisalam Atto confirmed the arrests, aviation officials they believe planned the bomb attack that was intended to bring down a Daallo Airlines flight last week.

The spokesman pointed out the Somali government would take appropriate action within the course of 36 hours.

Somali Police Commissioner Gen. Mohamed Hassan Hamud said the attackers used laptop to carry out the attack inside the plane.

“Laptop computer was used during the attack inside the plane, special experts are still examining the case,” Hamud said in Mogadishu.

He said more security officers have been deployed to the airport, noting that the officers are under firm instruction to remain vigilant at all times.

Transport Minister Ahmed Jama told journalists that investigators had established a bomb had been planted on the Djibouti bound airline.

The suspected suicide bomber who sucked out of a passenger plane last week after a bomb a hole in the fuselage has been identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam.

Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle’s body was found in the town of Balad, 30 kilometers (about 18 miles) north of Mogadishu, according to police who said he might have been blown from the plane.

Goobjoog News and inform.kz








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